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Miller Park is a wonderful ballpark, but the fact is, it's still costing tax payers money and could do so for the foreseeable future. With the debut of BP Milwaukee came a great piece from Jack Moore showing us how the owners continue to make money on their state-of-the-art stadium, with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks set to do the same, as the public is saddled with costs that inevitably end up being more than projected.

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http://milwaukee.locals.baseballprospectus.com/2015/06/22/the-continuing-costs-of-miller-park/

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aquavator44
6/23
Excellent article. As a fellow Twin Citian, I'm sure you at least thought about the new Vikings stadium while writing about Miller Park.
rweiler
6/23
Meanwhile Wisconsin hasn't extended Medicaid even though the Federal government is picking up most of the tab and it would save the state money, and has cut TANF benefits. Welfare and tax cuts are plenty good for wealthy sports team owners, it's only fair that the poor should make some sacrifices in order to enjoy sports events (that they can't afford to attend).
jnossal
6/24
Yeah, because money is always free and there are never any strings attached.

Just curious, did you fret so ardently over the $3 billion annual deficits run by Jim Doyle? Doyle added $14 billion to the state debt over eight years while presiding over 3.8% annual GDP growth. Walker has added $3 billon over five years with 4% GDP growth in a moribund national economy.

This really isn't the place to discuss politics other than that directly related to baseball. I'm completely against *any* public financing of privately owned sports franchises and their ball parks. But none of that has anything to do with Medicaid funding.
jfranco77
6/23
Is that a budget thing? Or a 'their governor is refusing to be rational because of politics' thing?
rweiler
6/23
Both budget and politics. Wisconsin passed a big tax cut, This in turn resulted in a $280M deficit when the projected 'extra' growth failed to materialize. The governor closed about 1/3rd of that by deferring some debt repayment, which just makes it the next guy's problem. The governor, as you may have heard, is running for President, and needs to be seen kicking poor people to the curb in order to win his party's nomination. Of course, it takes a lot of money to run for President, and one would imagine that wealthy sports team owners that get massive public subsidies would be happy to show their gratitude. The interesting this is that, as I understand it, the city of Green Bay, also in Wisconsin, has a majority ownership stake in the Packers, so the idea of a public stake in the local franchise isn't exactly unheard of, but it's certainly one of those things that sports team owners would rather nobody talked about.