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WAYNE'S WORLD DENIED SECOND PRO PLAYER TAX BREAK
Published April 29, 1997
A protest "against tax breaks for the wealthy erupted suddenly" in the FL House on Monday as lawmakers denied Wayne Huizenga a "second helping of public money" to renovate Pro Player Stadium, according to Steve Bousquet of the MIAMI HERALD. The 61-50 vote was a "rare, dramatic defeat for one of the most politically connected Floridians," and "ended Huizenga's hopes" of receiving $2M a year toward stadium improvements for 30 years. House Majority Leader Jim King, a Huizenga backer, on the feeling of "momentum turning" against Huizenga: "I told him the debate was not going to be pretty. No matter how you cut it, a lot of members perceive this as giving millions to a billionaire" (MIAMI HERALD, 4/29). In St. Petersburg, Rado & Walsten writes that Huizenga's chief lobbyist, Ron Book "was crestfallen." Stan Smith, a Huizenga spokesperson, said that Huizenga will now consider how to pay for the stadium improvements (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 4/29).