Burdick reverses position on financial aid for ball park in Portland
Senator Ginny Burdick, District 18 Democrat, explained her decision to support repeal of legislation passed fifteen years ago which could provide up to $150 million to build a major league ball park.
She did so Friday at the City Club of Portland but added some details at a Town Hall at Tigard City Hall Saturday afternoon.
She told about 80 constituents that voting yes on the ball park funding in 2003, "Is on the list of the biggest mistakes I've made in the Legislature since I started serving. I always regretted that vote."
Burdick, Senate Democratic Majority Leader, has represented parts of SW Portland, NW Portland and Tigard for 22 years.
She told the crowd she was approached by representatives of the group Tax Fairness Oregon and asked to sponsor a bill to repeal the bonding plan. She agreed she says, because the plan was "was skimming off income tax revenue from money paid by those professional ball players who come to Portland". www.taxfairnessoregon.org/
She says if the Diamond Project can make a case for a new stadium generating revenue for the State of Oregon, it should do so to the Ways and Means Committee. Which, Burdick says, wasn't done when the $150 billion funding bill was passed in 2003.
She says she does not believe that if the tax break is eliminated the deal to bring a Major League baseball team to Portland will fall apart.