A Virginia House of Delegates panel has voted against two bills that would’ve barred state subsidies for a new Washington NFL team stadium and blocked localities from spending public money on professional sports facilities.
The sun sets behind FedEx Field. Three politicians in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia are teaming up across partisan lines to try and prevent their governments from waging a bidding war with public money to build a new stadium for the Washington Redskins. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a budget subcommittee’s 7-0 vote Feb. 7 effectively killed the bills. Republican Del. Michael Webert says he was inspired to file them by research showing facilities aren’t worth the millions of dollars governments are often asked to spend toward helping teams build them.
One bill would’ve created an agreement with Maryland and Washington, D.C., not to offer the Washington NFL team incentives like tax breaks. The other would bar offering incentives for stadiums starting in 2019.
The report said the legislation could’ve complicated Richmond’s long-running quest to build a new stadium for minor-league baseball’s Richmond Flying Squirrels.