I am wondering if you saw my last relply concerning the some finanical details or if you even read it. I am also wondering why you are on a cycling forum of any kind because I don't feel you support cycling with some of your comments. If you did not read my last message once again the State of Mo gets its money back + some! The business owners both small & large get a lot of revenue then pays their taxes back to MO + Feds. I am uncertain why you are a wet blanket and what part of this math you don't get. You can see the financials. I am not for sure if they are on the Tours' website but if you search something like Tour of Missouri or Save Tour of Missouri there were several articles written discussing the financials. You know as I type this I think I do recall there was an economic impact place on the Tours Website. As far as your comments about the numbers changing did you never play the game telephone as a kid. Thats the game where one person whispers a message then they tell the next person until it get way off from the original. This kind of thing happens on a forum sometimes. But the sentiments are still correct. If you had $1.5 mil to invest and you knew you could buy a sure thing stock with a $28.5 mil return you would do it. In any event if you had read my last post you would also have read that the goal once this is up and running is for more private investors to take over. What part of this info is not clear?
I get your point gwessel2. It's matter of principle. This type of government support for sporting events, centers, etc goes on all over the country. Some are winners and some are losers but they all have the common theme of having a study done prior showing how economically beneficial they'll be.
I don't believe this is the place for government involvement. If they're that beneficial the private sector should step up.
BTW, I'm a huge cycling supporter. I have been a cyclist for over twenty years and love watching and going to cycling events. In fact my company is a primary sponsor of one our local cycling teams.
Just because I don't think government should be paying for a big race doesn't mean I dislike cycling.
At what point do you say there shouldn't be a goveernment contribution?
Should local USCF races get assaisatnce too?