If you were excited about the Oakland A’s baseball team coming to Las Vegas, you’d better hold that thought. At least for now.
One thing a baseball franchise needs when they’re building a new stadium is money. And Nevada lawmakers didn’t approve that money this week for the Oakland A’s. The Nevada legislature adjourned a session Monday without voting on the funding proposal for the new stadium, thenevadaindependent.com reported.
Even though lawmakers made a tentative agreement last month, they can’t approve the $380million funding allotment without an official vote. As of Monday night, there was no official plan to make that vote.
But wait! There’s still hope.
Governor Joe Lombardo has the authority to call a special legislative session specifically for the purpose of voting on this bill. In this session, Nevada lawmakers could still reconsider, vote on, and approve a funding package for the new stadium. Governor Lombardo called that special session to occur on Wednesday of this week.
But even after funding approval, there are still more steps that need to be done before construction can start. After approval of funding, the Major League Baseball owners have to approve the relocation to Las Vegas. Furthermore, the Oakland A’s would still have to provide proof they can fund the rest of the project. As the proposed package from the Nevada legislature was only for $380million of the $1.5billion the stadium construction would cost.
The delay in voting on the funding package proposal is stopping the rest of the progress from happening.
And what exactly stopped the vote from happening is unclear. Some legislative leaders have said that the proposal needs thorough vetting before they will approve it. Others are arguing that a publicly-funded stadium isn’t beneficial for tax payers.
So the bill is back in front of the lawmakers, who will decide whether or not to approve it. If they do, we’re on to the next step in this long game of relocation. If they don’t approve it, this could be an indefinite delay of game.
– Wendy Rush, 96.3 KKLZ