Your Legislators: Public Funding of Stadiums (April 10, 2014)

Your Legislators: Public Funding of Stadiums (April 10, 2014)


IT’S THE FOUNDATION OF OUR
CREDIBILITY.   CREDIBILITY.
>>LET ME COME BACK TO THAT.  >>LET ME COME BACK TO THAT.
WE HAVE A ANOTHER QUESTION FROM   WE HAVE A ANOTHER QUESTION FROM
A VIEWER IN BLOOMINGTON THAT   A VIEWER IN BLOOMINGTON THAT
WANTS TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT   WANTS TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT
YOUR OFFICE HAS BEEN INVOLVED.   YOUR OFFICE HAS BEEN INVOLVED.
WE MAY HAVE CONFIRMATION BY THIS   WE MAY HAVE CONFIRMATION BY THIS
HERE.   HERE.
THEY WANT TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT   THEY WANT TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT
YOU HAVE CONDUCTED ANY   YOU HAVE CONDUCTED ANY
INVESTIGATION HOW BIG A   INVESTIGATION HOW BIG A
BOONDOGGLE SPENDING MONEY ON   BOONDOGGLE SPENDING MONEY ON
PUBLIC STADIUMS IS.   PUBLIC STADIUMS IS.
WE WILL ASK THE AUDITOR, HAVE   WE WILL ASK THE AUDITOR, HAVE
YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN   YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN
INVESTIGATING ANY OF THOSE KINDS   INVESTIGATING ANY OF THOSE KINDS
OF QUESTIONS?   OF QUESTIONS?
>>WE HAVE NEVER TAKEN ON THAT  >>WE HAVE NEVER TAKEN ON THAT
EXACT QUESTION, BECAUSE THAT   EXACT QUESTION, BECAUSE THAT
REALLY WAS A POLICY CHOICE OF   REALLY WAS A POLICY CHOICE OF
THE LEGISLATURE AND IT TOOK MANY   THE LEGISLATURE AND IT TOOK MANY
YEARS AND A LOT OF DEBATE AND   YEARS AND A LOT OF DEBATE AND
CONTROVERSY, AND VERY DIVIDED   CONTROVERSY, AND VERY DIVIDED
OPINION FRANKLY, WHETHER THAT’S   OPINION FRANKLY, WHETHER THAT’S
GOOD POLICY OR NOT.   GOOD POLICY OR NOT.
WE HAVE ACTUALLY DONE A FAIR   WE HAVE ACTUALLY DONE A FAIR
NUMBER OF EVALUATIONS OF   NUMBER OF EVALUATIONS OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICIES,   ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICIES,
AND MANY PEOPLE SELL BUILDING   AND MANY PEOPLE SELL BUILDING
SPORTS STADIUMS ON THE BASIS OF   SPORTS STADIUMS ON THE BASIS OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.   ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
SO WE ARE WELL AWARE OF SOME OF   SO WE ARE WELL AWARE OF SOME OF
THE ISSUES INVOLVED.   THE ISSUES INVOLVED.
WHETHER THAT REALLY CREATES JOBS   WHETHER THAT REALLY CREATES JOBS
OR SIMPLY DISPLACES PEOPLE FROM   OR SIMPLY DISPLACES PEOPLE FROM
OTHER KINDS OF JOBS AND SPENDING   OTHER KINDS OF JOBS AND SPENDING
PATTERNS.   PATTERNS.
SO WE ARE AWARE OF THOSE ISSUES,   SO WE ARE AWARE OF THOSE ISSUES,
BUT WE WERE NEVER ASKED DIRECTLY   BUT WE WERE NEVER ASKED DIRECTLY
TO EVALUATE WHETHER BUILDING —   TO EVALUATE WHETHER BUILDING —
I ASSUME IT’S REFERENCE TO MAYBE   I ASSUME IT’S REFERENCE TO MAYBE
THE VIKINGS STADIUM.   THE VIKINGS STADIUM.
>>THE VIEWER WANTS TO KNOW  >>THE VIEWER WANTS TO KNOW
WHETHER OR NOT THE STADIUM IS   WHETHER OR NOT THE STADIUM IS
THE CORRECT PLAYER.   THE CORRECT PLAYER.
THEY WILL SAY IT IS APPROPRIATE.   THEY WILL SAY IT IS APPROPRIATE.
WE HAVE HAD MORE THAN ONE.   WE HAVE HAD MORE THAN ONE.
>>I WILL HAD ALTHOUGH WE DID  >>I WILL HAD ALTHOUGH WE DID
NOT ADDRESS THE POLICY QUESTION,   NOT ADDRESS THE POLICY QUESTION,
WE ARE, IN FACT, THE AUDITORS OF   WE ARE, IN FACT, THE AUDITORS OF
THE METROPOLITAN SPORTS   THE METROPOLITAN SPORTS
AUTHORITY, AND SO WE ARE   AUTHORITY, AND SO WE ARE
CURRENTLY CONDUCTING AN AUDIT AS   CURRENTLY CONDUCTING AN AUDIT AS
CONSTRUCTION  

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