The next time you hear Republicans ranting on about "We Built It" consider this. This week's Republican national convention was held in the Tampa Bay Times Forum. This arena was built between 1994 and 1996 at a cost of $139 million. Of that amount only $53 million came from the arena's primary occupant the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The remaining $86 million came from state and local governments, the same way that almost every big arena/stadium project of the last 30 years.
Yes WE built it, collectively through our tax dollars.
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