Lawmakers Debate Spending Millions Of State Tax Dollars To Fund 2015 Super Bowl
State lawmakers are ready to debate whether taxpayers across
Now, Mayor Jerry Weiers wants the state to make up to $4 million available to cover things like security costs for the 2015 game. That’s not going over too well with some of Weiers former colleagues at the Legislature, like Rep. John Kavanagh.
“Cities and towns desperately compete to get these, these high-attendance venues for all the tax dollars and all the economic development it brings in, and then they turn around and say we can't afford it?” Kavanagh said. “That's absurd.”
Weiers says the Super Bowl bid predates his election as mayor, but that it is not just a
Gowan says those revenues will increase during the time frame of the game. The measure before lawmakers is not limited to the Super Bowl. Any community in the state could get state funding for a special event, but annual events like the Fiesta Bowl and the Phoenix Open would not be eligible for additional state funds.