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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:59 AM

Delegates blast governor over grant to Redskins [View all]

Source: Roanoke Times

Key House members said McDonnell didn't inform them about the $4 million deal.
By Michael Sluss
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RICHMOND -- The budget-writing committee in the House of Delegates blitzed Gov. Bob McDonnell's administration Monday, sharply criticizing officials for giving a $4 million grant to the Washington Redskins to keep the team's headquarters in Loudoun County.
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Senior members of the committee said they had told the administration earlier this year that they opposed the deal. Lawmakers from both parties questioned the wisdom of awarding public funds to the second-most valuable franchise in the National Football League and voiced doubts about whether the Redskins would have moved from Loudoun County without the taxpayer-funded incentives.

The team will also get $2 million from Loudoun County and more than $400,000 from Richmond, which will begin hosting the Redskins' training camp in 2013.

"What do I say to a schoolteacher who walked up to me and said, 'I see you're going to give $6 million while education is being cut,'" Putney said. "How do we handle this?"



Read more: http://www.roanoke.com/politics/wb/310361



Let them eat cake, at $8 per slice. Parking is an extra $20.

Welfare for the rich: McDonnell smells like vice-presidential material to me.

The Roanoke Times ran an editorial about this last week: Gov. McDonnell's football welfare

From the Washington Post: "Virginia legislators accuse Gov. McDonnell of doing ‘end run’ on Washington Redskins deal"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/virginia-legislators-accuse-gov-mcdonnell-of-doing-end-run-on-washington-redskins-deal/2012/06/18/gJQAkHyOmV_story.html

Hat tip to DCist.com: Team Strategy: Snyder Plays Virginia Off of D.C. for Questionable Team Subsidy

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