Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Nevada's Money And Its Mouth Ignore Its Schools For A Stadium | The Huffington Post

Nevada's Money And Its Mouth Ignore Its Schools For A Stadium | The Huffington Post:

Nevada’s Money And Its Mouth Ignore Its Schools For A Stadium

The state now commands the bottom ranking spot for education in the U.S.



So let’s say you’re home to the fifth largest school district in the country. Let’s say your teacher shortages are legendary. Let’s say they’re so bad that you hire recruiters and mount a national ad campaign. Let’s say your state has implemented the loosest, voucher-iest funding system in the country so that your funding is, you’ll pardon the expression, a crapshoot. Let’s say your legislators are in a legal battle with your school board because your legislators want to slap your schools with a “reorganization” plan that might be mighty pricey. Let’s say that your school funding is kind of a nightmare that shells out less than $6K per student and depends on revenue that’s tied to tourist business via a hotel room tax. Let’s say that you have managed to out-Mississippi Mississippi so that you now command the bottom ranking spot for education in the USA.
Let’s say all that. What do you do?
Did you say, “Why, build the world’s most expensive sports stadium”?
If you did, you’re a winner ― probably the only one in this sad tale.
Las Vegas made what is being called “the worst stadium deal” ever to lure the Oakland Raiders to Sin City. The stadium is reportedly projected to cost $1.9 billion. Billion. With a B.
While some of that money is coming from rich people who have presumably run out of ways to waste money and the Bank of America, who have ― well, I can’t figure out what’s in it for them. But the city itself is kicking in $750 million. $750 million. Some or most of that will come from an increased hotel tax applied to a new influx of almost half a million new tourists who will presumably be flocking to Las Vegas to see the Oakland Raiders, a team that people won’t walk across Oakland to watch now. Fans of the deal insist that the combination of the Raiders and Las Vegas will be unstoppable (”Pittsburgh isn’t Las Vegas,” says one article, and thank God they’re correct).
And if the imaginary tourists don’t swell the tax coffers, who else is dipping out of that pool Nevada's Money And Its Mouth Ignore Its Schools For A Stadium | The Huffington Post:
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