Texas Taxpayers Finance Formula One Auto Races as Schools Dismiss Teachers

Via Bloomberg.com:

Texas, which may balance its budget by firing thousands of teachers, plans to commit $25 million in state funds to Formula One auto racing each year for a decade.

 

Four years after motorsports’ most popular series left the U.S., Texas investors including Clear Channel Communications Inc. co-founder B.J. “Red” McCombs are building a 3.4-mile (5.5-kilometer) track to bring the event to Austin. Comptroller Susan Combs has agreed to pay $25 million for races through 2022, a subsidy questioned by critics and lawmakers as the state cuts costs to close an estimated $15 billion two-year deficit.

 

“I don’t understand why 25 people in Austin could not put up $1 million each if they thought this was a good opportunity instead of the state makin

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