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Doherty Statement on Camden Practice Facility for Sixers

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) issued the following statement regarding news of a plan to provide tax credits to the Philadelphia 76ers to build a practice facility in Camden:

“The Philadelphia 76ers basketball team will build a new $82 million practice facility in Camden, New Jersey. Today, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority unanimously approved an $82 million tax credit for the project. This means that the facility will essentially be a free gift from the hard-pressed taxpayers of New Jersey to Joshua Harris, the billionaire owner of the team.

“Governor Christie states that we have an $800 million budget shortfall. Then why is New Jersey providing an $82 million gift for a billionaire? Local governments are being forced to cut to the bone. Why are we opening up the money spigot to take care of a billionaire? How can New Jersey not make this year’s full pension payment, but the state government can find an extra $82 million for a basketball practice facility?

“Equally troubling is the fact that the terms of this agreement were just released yesterday, and the New Jersey EDA voted on the proposal today at 10AM. Why was the public given less than one day’s notice of this deal? Why was this proposal rushed through EDA with no opportunity for public input?”

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