As I said in a comment the other day, I’ve been fighting the last war with respect to public funding for ballparks for quite a while now. Really, the time to rally against this sort of thing was a good 15-20 years ago, as the majority of teams have already gotten their taxpayer handouts. But even if whatever I say about this stuff constitutes an exercise in deck chair rearranging, I can’t give up the fight, even if it’s a losing one:
A South Florida lawmaker wants to give Miami-Dade County voters the right to approve whether public funds are spent on a Florida Marlins stadium. Rep. Richard L. Steinberg of Miami Beach has filed an amendment to a bill dealing with public funding of professional sports teams. Steinberg says voters should have the right to weigh in on whether tax dollars should be spent on a stadium.
Governance by referendum can be an inefficient thing, but when it comes to big giveaways that, over the long term, are only going to benefit some very narrow interests, it’s probably not a bad idea to let the people have a say.