03/27/19 -- HCS HB 677 -- Allows public funds to be expended for Enterprise Stadium

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 677
Bill Purpose: 
Allows public funds to be expended for Enterprise Stadium
Date of Vote: 
03/27/19
My Vote: 
No
Explanation: 

HCS HB 677, introduced by Representative Jon Patterson (Republican - District 30) allows the expenditure of public funds on "Enterprise Stadium" in the Kansas City area.  Apparently, proponents of the bill are attempting to attract Major League Soccer to host their World Cup series there in an economic development effort.

This is well outside the proper scope of government.  While this bill does not allow taxpayer funds to be given to MLS directly, it does allow such funds to be expended on behalf of a facility with a primary purpose that has nothing to do with government.  Entertainment, sports, and similar endeavors have nothing to do with the role of government, and it is unacceptable to spend taxpayer resources in support of them.  A project might increase revenue to a state or local government as a result of economic activity, but that doesn't justify the expenditure of tax dollars for something outside the role of government.