Less Than a Year Before Braves Open New Park, Voters Send Pol Who Pushed $400M Subsidy Packing

An American flag is lowered to half-staff at Turner Field in memory of a fan, Greg Murrey, who fell to his death at an Atlanta Braves game on August 29, 2015

Corporate welfare comes with consequences—for its givers and takers.

“It was transparent,” Lee maintained of the SunTrust Park deal that citizens never got to approve or disapprove with a ballot question. “It was open. Folks just bought on to misunderstanding. I just really wish folks would take time to really understand how it works.”

Mike Boyce, the retired Marine colonel who beat Lee, cites the commission’s presumptuousness in spending $400 million for a home for millionaire athletes without consulting voters for his opponent’s fall in the primary election. The second point of his campaign platform read: “No more deals like the Braves stadium bond without a full airing by both the public and the Board of Commissioners.”


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