Kupchick & Devlin: Say no to taxpayer dollars to fund Hartford Stadium

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132)

State Reps. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) both voiced their opposition to any state tax dollars being used to fund a new city of Hartford minor league baseball stadium.

Rep. Kupchick said, “Every day I am receiving calls and emails from constituents asking the state legislature fight against the cuts for those who are most in-need. There’s simply no plausible explanation for funding a stadium when we’re working hard to support critical social service programs and core government services.”

The legislature’s Finance Committee members held a public hearing on a proposal that would allow Hartford to take revenue from the state’s admission tax on tickets sold at the ballpark and put it toward stadium construction debt.

When a stadium deal between the minor league team owners and the city of Hartford officials was announced last summer Hartford officials assured the state that they had secured private funding for the project and were intending to get state approval to levy their own ticket tax.

State Rep. Laura Devlin

State Rep. Laura Devlin

Rep. Devlin, a member of the Finance committee, was in attendance at the Monday hearing and expressed frustration that we are even discussing funding a Hartford stadium in these bad budget times.

Devlin said, “Why should taxpayers outside of Hartford, whether they’re in Fairfield or Trumbull, pay higher taxes or receive fewer services just to cover the cost of a venture that will see a baseball team move from one community to the next.”

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