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Packers don’t need our help to host draft



When someone hits a big lottery jackpot, people come out of the woodwork looking for handouts. The state of Wisconsin has hit the jackpot, with  budget surplus of some $7 billion, and it seems everyone wants a share. Including the billionaires. The latest is a request from the Green Bay Packers to have the state’s taxpayers help foot the bill for hosting the NFL draft in 2025. The team estimates it will cost $7.5 million to get ready to host the draft. The team says it will pony up $1 million of that, and hopes to raise another $4.5 million from private donors. That leaves taxpayers on the hook for the remaining $2 million, should state lawmakers go along with the request. I can’t think of a bigger waste of money. It is cool that the NFL draft is finally coming to Lambeau Field, and the spotlight will be shining brightly on Wisconsin during the three-day event. Hotels, bars and restaurants in Green Bay and beyond will rake in big profits when hundreds of thousands flock to Green Bay for the draft. But why should taxpayers in La Crosse and elsewhere outside of northeast Wisconsin help foot the bill? What do we get in return? The Packers franchise is valued at more than $4 billion. They can more than afford to pick up the tab for the event. Our lawmakers should protect the state’s taxpayers and tell the Packers it is up to them to cover the costs. They certainly can afford it.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Michael Kopski

    May 30, 2023 at 6:54 am

    I completely agree, our legislative officials need to fix the roads. And bridges, and return a portion to tax payers who paid in. And got nothing in return during COVID as they took pay, and did nothing in return. B

  2. Michael

    May 31, 2023 at 8:13 am

    I agree to 100%

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