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Will Washington sell rights to name facilities

first_imgOLYMPIA — As many state and local governments across the nation deal with the aftermath of severe budget cuts prompted by the Great Recession, a Washington state lawmaker has put forth a plan to increase revenue without raising taxes: Allow the sale of naming rights to publicly owned facilities.“I’m trying to think out of the box and come up with some revenue for our local folks and for our state that isn’t another dollar out of our taxpayers’ wallets,” said Republican state Rep. Jan Angel.The practice has been in place elsewhere for decades, most prominently on sports venues. The results have ranged from memorable, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, to regrettable, Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif.The proposal has sparked a measure of skepticism in Washington state among those who think it would give the appearance that government influence is for sale.“I think perhaps of the CenturyLink Capitol building or something like that,” said Democratic state Rep. Sam Hunt, during a recent committee hearing. “How far could this go?”last_img read more