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#1 g5jamz

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:31 AM

http://www.wral.com/...adium/12039139/

Didn't see a thread specific about this...came out yesterday. In case you didn't know...Tillis is the state house leader.

Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina should not put state tax dollars into the Carolina Panthers stadium in Charlotte but could vote to authorize a rise in the local sales tax, House Speaker Thom Tillis said Tuesday.
During a news conference with reporters in Raleigh, Tillis was asked whether he had met with Panthers owner Jerry Richardson.
"Every month, I probably have an opportunity to meet two or three times with major businesses in North Carolina that are considering moving somewhere else, and that is a very real possibility for the Panthers," said Tillis, R-Mecklenburg. He added, "They create some 4,400 direct jobs, and some 1,500 indirect jobs. They are a major employer in North Carolina."
Tillis described discussions with the team as "preliminary" but said he has taken one avenue for state support out of the discussion.
"I've been clear with the Panthers organization that it is not appropriate to have state taxpayer dollars go directly into the stadium," Tillis said.



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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:48 AM

Good for him

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:52 AM

We better not lose our fuging team. The longer this goes on the more likely it is.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:52 AM

I agree that no state fund should go to the team but does this one guy get to make that decision?

#5 Doc Holiday

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:02 PM

They're idiots, team pays way more and generates so much more in taxes they would be stupid to not pay up.


edit: Figured if I'm going to call someone a idiot the least I can do is use proper grammar while doing it.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

"Every month, I probably have an opportunity to meet two or three times with major businesses in North Carolina that are considering moving somewhere else, and that is a very real possibility for the Panthers


This is a strange sentence on a couple of levels.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:21 PM

Why cant Jerry spend his own money to upgrade his business, is it against the law?

#8 I Mean He Was Found Guilty

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:22 PM

the pissing match over this has only just begun

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:26 PM

Sounds like he wants a handout from Jerry. Under the table, of course ;)

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:32 PM

Why cant Jerry spend his own money to upgrade his business, is it against the law?

dont spend your own if you dont have to. it happens everyday, all day, around the world.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

if JR moves the team b/c he doesn't get free money off the backs and hard work from taxpayers i say fug him and his team. Don't get me wrong I love the Panthers but something about his actions and holding LA over our heads rubs me the wrong way. If they do leave I definitely wont be a fan of the NFL until we get another team (hopefully with a MUCH better owner that is dedicated to winning and doesn't seek handouts for his BILLION dollar business). I mean why does he think his mediocre team with it's sh!tty winning percentage (4 playoff appearances in 15 seasons) deserves anything in the first place?

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

if JR moves the team b/c he doesn't get free money off the backs and hard work from taxpayers i say fug him and his team. Don't get me wrong I love the Panthers but something about his actions and holding LA over our heads rubs me the wrong way. If they do leave I definitely wont be a fan of the NFL until we get another team (hopefully with a MUCH better owner that is dedicated to winning and doesn't seek handouts for his BILLION dollar business). I mean why does he think his mediocre team with it's sh!tty winning percentage (4 playoff appearances in 15 seasons) deserves anything in the first place?


except richardson publicly rebuffed california officials on the LA matter:

http://espn.go.com/n...vertures-source

the panthers are his baby and he wants them in the carolinas. the questionable part is going to occur after he passes on.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

if JR moves the team b/c he doesn't get free money off the backs and hard work from taxpayers i say fug him and his team. Don't get me wrong I love the Panthers but something about his actions and holding LA over our heads rubs me the wrong way. If they do leave I definitely wont be a fan of the NFL until we get another team (hopefully with a MUCH better owner that is dedicated to winning and doesn't seek handouts for his BILLION dollar business). I mean why does he think his mediocre team with it's sh!tty winning percentage (4 playoff appearances in 15 seasons) deserves anything in the first place?


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:43 PM

Every single year our state and local governments give out millions in direct benefits and tax credits to businesses all over this state. From FedEx and GE down to small regional companies we use all manner of financial incentives to get and keep employers. Heres a 30 page brochure on just what can be had from the state: http://www.thrivenc....cial-incentives



No reason the Panthers shouldn't get some of that corporate welfare too.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:48 PM

Every single year our state and local governments give out millions in direct benefits and tax credits to businesses all over this state. From FedEx and GE down to small regional companies we use all manner of financial incentives to get and keep employers. Heres a 30 page brochure on just what can be had from the state: http://www.thrivenc....cial-incentives



No reason the Panthers shouldn't get some of that corporate welfare too.


Agree.

Tillis is probably just a Steeler or Cowboy fan.


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