Shall we publicly debate the issues, Mr. Davis?

The Phoenix Cardinals say they need a fancy new domed stadium to remain financially competitive in the National Football League.

And they want sales taxes generated in Maricopa County to help pay the costs for the 73,000-seat domed stadium with a retractable roof and a grass field. The Arizona Legislature currently is considering a proposal that would use increased hotel room and rental car taxes in Maricopa County, stadium-related sales taxes and the income taxes paid by professional football players to pay for the new facility.

Granted, of course, the plan gets out of the Legislature, is signed by the governor and then approved by voters.

That’s going to be a tough sell.

The Cardinals would be better off figuring out a way to establish a little competitiveness on the playing field before seeking taxpayer help to establish financial competitiveness in the NFL.

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