Alright, so back to the legendary BILL WHITE’s Nothin’ Shakin’ On Shakedown Street propaganda piece about Chairman Pawlowski’s transformative $ 177.1 million dollar PALACE OF SPORT. The same one (officially now named the PPL CENTER) in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania, that Mr. White frankly admitted would be “incredibly generous with state tax revenues”, but only if he lived in Altoona. Yes, THAT horse which needs to be groomed with loving care …
“ALLENTOWN HOCKEY ARENA FINANCING PLAN SHOULD HELP NEIGHBORHOODS” … The Morning Call, 02/20/2013
Bill White and his Liberal Agenda really, really need to take a long vacation somewhere. Then, Mr. White should take particularly special care to sit down, relax and have a freakin’ sandwich or something. Now, if the esteemed Mr. White of Musikfest fame wants to completely ignore the concepts of limited government concentrating on traditional core functions while he is eating, then that would be his choice but he still really ought to lend some critical thinking towards a greedy, piggish Government that, apparently, could not figure out how to build an ice hockey rink for less than $ 177.1 million dollars.
As luck would have it, many, many other American and Canadian cities have (by some miracle, no doubt) been able to restrain themselves from spending so lavishly on American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League arenas in the past fifteen years, as this blog has taken the effort and time to document publically for comparative purposes, unlike the professional journalists over at The Morning Call.
Yeah, THAT The Morning Call that used to print cheerleader puff pieces explaining why the then-proposed Neighborhood Improvement Zone law and the resulting “transformative” Allentown arena (which, to review, was originally supposed to cost ‘only’ $ 80.0 million dollars) was such a fabulous concept after all … (which is exactly why 18 surrounding Lehigh Valley municipalities and one school district ended up filing a lawsuit in opposition to the notorious Neighborhood Improvement Zone law in Commonwealth Court last year).
“To me, this concern about overburdening the developers is laughable. Certainly there’s a leap of faith involved in investing in downtown Allentown, but they have access to an unprecedented flow of tax-payer-provided funding. It’s a no brainer that at least a tiny portion of that money — whatever the mechanism — is formally dedicated to ensuring the downtown isn’t surrounded by slums and that the whole city benefits from the NIZ concept.
Any developers who find that unacceptable are more than welcome to look elsewhere for this sweetheart deal. They won’t find it.” — BILL WHITE
Laughable? … Sweetheart deal?
What is truly comical would be The Morning Call’s own admission, published on January 30, 2012, that “one of the first major beneficiaries of the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone legislation championed by SENATOR PAT BROWNE have hired Browne’s wife, Heather, as a lobbyist”.
Because THAT is a sweetheart deal if there ever was one, Bill.
Adirondack Phantoms goaltender CAL HEETER (35), the 24-year-old rookie professional undrafted out of Ohio State University who has since been reassigned to the Trenton Titans of the East Coast Hockey League after making 24 appearances (2.96 avg, .906 save pct) in the American Hockey League for the Philadelphia Flyers’ top minor league farm club this term, has a bird’s eye view as the entire puck crosses the goal line during an AHL contest against the Connecticut Whale earlier this season.