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Bill To Finance Charlotte Stadium Passes House

Bank of America stadium
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Lawmakers in the state House have passed a measure that would help finance improvements to the Carolina Panthers' stadium in Charlotte.

The bill would give the city the flexibility to spend money collected from hotel and prepared food taxes for two options the city council has asked for. Charlotte Republican Ruth Samuelson is a sponsor of the measure.

"One of those options would be to consider funding for some improvements to a stadium that is named Bank of America stadium, otherwise known as Panther Stadium, and secondly to allow them to use some funding for amateur sports." says Samuelson.

City officials say they need to invest in the stadium to keep the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise. Governor McCrory has said that no state money will be available for the Panthers.

But some Democrats and Republicans say the bill is tantamount to corporate welfare. The football team has asked for 144 million dollars from the city to upgrade the stadium.


Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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