Let me just say right off the bat that if the state legislature approves $300 million in sales tax on restaurants, hotels and car rentals in King County to pay for a new Sonics arena, it will be a slap in the face of Seattle voters.
Just this November Seattle voters overwhelmingly rejected public funding of a new arena, and now Sen. Margarita Prentice (D-Renton) wants to tax us anyway… to build a new arena in Renton or Bellevue? She wants Seattle voters — who represent the bulk of the county’s population and thus would pick up the bulk of the cost — to pay for a new arena outside the city limits? And after we expressly rejected public subsidies, she now wants to force us to finance an arena that would compete for events with city-owned Key Arena, thus costing us even more money?
This is like rubbing salt in a fresh wound.
Prentice said that when details of the plan come out, support will follow. Other lawmakers have “enjoyed letting me stick my neck out, which I have done from time to time, but there will be support for it,” she said.
Hmm. Perhaps. Fucking Seattle is always a popular position elsewhere in the state. But Seattle Democrats should be awfully wary about supporting Prentice’s bill — just because you’re in a safe Democratic district doesn’t mean your seat is safe.