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I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Economic Benefits Of Miller Park

Economy, Taxes, Wisconsin

Day 14 – Still No real response from the Mayor – He wants a convention center and a hotel – Didn’t the Cudahy Station have that?

 

 

This is more information to the comment posed by Joe Henika discussing my blog called Wave Center.  Here is what Joe said and an article from the Milwaukee journal/sentinel with key info missed in “Tax for Miller Park didn’t help economy.”

 

Randy might also want to check JS Online for the following article: "Tax for Miller Park didn't help economy" By MICHAEL ROSEN which was posted: April 19, 2008.  In it he covers the wonderful promises that are made about sport facilities vs. the results of actual college studies of their true economic impact.

 

Miller Park has provided many benefits to the Milwaukee area

By H. CARL MUELLER

 

Posted: May 17, 2008

Michael Rosen's column in a recent Sunday Crossroads section, which challenged the findings of an economic impact study of Miller Park, was factually incorrect on several key points.

 

The authors of the economic impact report, Dr. Leon Schur, professor emeritus of economics, and Dr. Swarnjit Arora, director of the UWM Institute of Survey and Policy Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, have done other economic impact reports and specifically addressed the issues raised by Rosen and other critics of such studies.

 

Rosen's conclusion that the Milwaukee Brewers do not have a positive economic impact on Milwaukee is incorrect.

 

When the Cardinals, Cubs or Twins are in town, our local restaurants and hotels are filled.  Baseball fans from around Wisconsin and nearby states come to Milwaukee on a regular basis because Miller Park offers a great value and fans are guaranteed the games will be played, rain or shine.  While they're here, they visit other attractions in the area. They also spend a lot of money here, a portion of which goes to pay for the ballpark.

 

Rosen made some serious mistakes in his critique of the Schur-Arora study, including:

 

• He cited previous studies by Robert Baade of Lake Forest College and unnamed others who challenge the economic impact of ballparks on local economies, but he failed to mention that those studies and criticisms were addressed directly in the Schur-Arora study.

 

• There have been other, more recent studies of economic impacts of All-Star games and Major League Baseball that document the positive impact on local economies.

 

• Rosen cited previous studies of the economic impact of public spending on sports facilities that show that such spending has little or no economic benefit.  These studies correctly raise several reasons for this lack of benefit, all of which are not relevant to the Schur-Arora study.  The principal objection is the so-called "substitution" effect.  This correctly holds that if a given tax had not been levied, the money would have remained in the pockets of taxpayers and spent within the area on other goods and services, including other recreational services.  The Schur-Arora study rendered this objection invalid by including only expenditures by fans from out-of-state and the five-county area that was taxed.

 

• Rosen also questioned the amount of spending by attendees from out-of-state and out-of-county.  The spending estimate was based on the Chamberlain study for the Wisconsin Legislature.  If Rosen has alternative information, he should make it public.

 

• Another objection raised by Rosen is that if the money taxed had not been spent on Miller Park, it would have been levied and spent on education or some alternative form of economic development.  I challenge Rosen to name a single political observer who believes that if the tax had not been levied to build Miller Park, it would have levied and spent on some other alternative.

 

Rosen raised several minor objections which are not relevant to the MLB report and are not significantly serious enough to merit refutation.

 

The bottom line is that the UWM researchers were careful with their numbers.  For Rosen to state that "Brewers baseball doesn't increase the aggregate amount of entertainment spending in southeastern Wisconsin; it simply redistributes it from one form of entertainment to another," shows that he failed to read the report and failed to do his homework.

 

Miller Park has been built and, at last observation, is still standing.  It has generated record fan attendance, no doubt driven by visiting fans from other Midwestern locales, enthusiasm throughout Wisconsin and the region, deserved recognition at a national and even international level and, as the MLB study demonstrated, extremely important economic and quality of life benefits.

 

Rather than continuing to beat a dead horse, as the Rosen article did, should we not join together in a constructive effort to promote the greater economic development of the region and state?

 

H. Carl Mueller has served as a public relations consultant for the Milwaukee Brewers and Major League Baseball.

  

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=751682

 

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