What?! The "study" produced by Utah Taxpayers and Little America
supports their position? Crazy. This bill will ultimately end up
helping all hotels in Salt Lake City AND Utah. That was one of the
Speaker's primary objectives between the bill this year and last year.
Additionally, this hotel stands to capture a market that currently does not
exist in Utah...that of LARGE conventions. Think NRA, GOP National, APA,
National Medical Association and such. Those conventions are not currently
booking at Little America and they still won't with the convention hotel.
What I like about this bill is that public involvement is on the
back end, not the first money in. The hotel must be built, opened and paying
taxes before the rebate is made for the public meeting rooms and convention
space. This is far from a hand out.