Monday, October 11, 2010

On business cases

The current dispute over funding for a domed stadium in Regina seems to be revolving primarily around the Sask Party's attempts to pretend that money paid out of the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation shouldn't be seen as public money. But let's note that the Sask Party's position doesn't seem to be much more tenable if one grants them their attempt to separate gaming receipts from general revenue.

After all, if a stadium isn't going to be funded as a matter of provincial interest, then the only way the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation should have any reason to pick up the tab is if the stadium actually improves its bottom line. So let's see what the province's reports about stadium funding have to say about the measurable impact of a stadium on Casino Regina and other Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation operations:

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