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Corbett wants out of hockey arena lawsuit

Corbett wants out of hockey arena lawsuit | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett wants out of the Allentown hockey arena lawsuit, but in new court filings, he dodged the real question: does he even think the arena project is legal?

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The latest updates on the boondoggle that is the Pawlowski/Browne/Mann Allentown Hockey Arena Project
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Allentown arena won't open until 2014

Allentown arena won't open until 2014 | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it
Allentown's $234 million hockey arena complex will not open until 2014, according to documents being used to sell bonds to pay for the project.
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Allentown arena bond rating reflects risk, promise

Allentown arena bond rating reflects risk, promise | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it

Because Allentown has a depressed downtown whose fortunes rely so heavily on just a few big companies, Moody's has given its arena bonds the kind of rating often found with risky investments.

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Allentown to sell $220 million in bonds for arena complex

Allentown to sell $220 million in bonds for arena complex | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it
The Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority was told Thursday to prepare to sell bonds for a multipurpose sports complex that figures to be more than twice as expensive as other arenas built in the past 15 years.
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Allentown's City Center project to feature restaurant by Melt, Blue co-founder

Allentown's City Center project to feature restaurant by Melt, Blue co-founder | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it
Donny Petridis, co-founder and former co-owner of local upscale restaurants Melt and Blue, announced his interest to develop a new restaurant for Two City Center.
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Allentown hockey arena authority hopes project will now get back on track

Allentown hockey arena authority hopes project will now get back on track | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it
The Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority, which oversees the hockey arena, believes bonds for the project will be issued by late August.
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Cash-strapped Allentown arena getting $10 million loan

Cash-strapped Allentown arena getting $10 million loan | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it

Allentown's cash-poor arena project will soon get a $10 million infusion that city officials hope will carry the project until the big money arrives in August.

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Allentown hockey arena tax district modified by state budget, earned income taxes removed

Allentown hockey arena tax district modified by state budget, earned income taxes removed | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it

The changes approved in the budget mean suburban earned income taxes -- which were previously being diverted to the city away from municipalities and school districts outside Allentown -- will no longer be part of the hockey arena funding formula. But, the changes also expand the ability of other cities to institute NIZ zones of their own.

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Taxpayers stuck with tab on arena bonds in other cities

Taxpayers stuck with tab on arena bonds in other cities | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it

Boondoggle arena projects like the one in Allentown and Harrison, NJ have caught the attention of The Seattle Times, where another sports complex is being shoved down taxpayers' throats.

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Phantoms start selling season tickets - Allentown Morning Call

Phantoms start selling season tickets - Allentown Morning Call | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it
Phantoms start selling season ticketsAllentown Morning CallThe Great Allentown Hole, some hope, will soon be filled by a new hockey arena and other facilities, but a legal battle holding it up can get a little confusing.and more »...
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molovinsky on allentown: Arena Shenanigan Continues

molovinsky on allentown: Arena Shenanigan Continues | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it
Although there may be a few hockey fans gladdened by this news, I have yet to met anyone who believe that the project will Transform Allentown. I have yet to meet anyone who believes that fans will remain in town after the ...
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Without suburban tax money, does arena shrink?

Without suburban tax money, does arena shrink? | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it

To settle the matter, state legislators, as part of the 2012-13 budget bill, are changing the arena zone law to remove the suburban EIT.

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Allentown arena tax lawsuit attempts to resolve constitutional issue

Allentown arena tax lawsuit attempts to resolve constitutional issue | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it
If the city of Allentown can benefit from acts that are unconstitutional, what is to prevent something similar from being done to the political subdivisions surrounding Reading, Harrisburg, Chester, Altoona, Wilkes-Barre, Erie, Scranton, York or Hazleton?
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Allentown Pa Arena law could be changed

Allentown Pa Arena law could be changed | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it
Fearing that Allentown's hockey arena could be headed for a two-year court battle, some Lehigh Valley legislators with suburban constituents are lobbying for a change in the embattled state law that...
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WI: Extra credit: Madison school taxpayers on the hook for stays at four-star hotels

WI: Extra credit: Madison school taxpayers on the hook for stays at four-star hotels | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it

By M.D. Kittle Wisconsin Reporter MADISON – Ever been to the Scottsdale Plaza Resort? Oh, you simply must go.  The Madison Metropolitan School District – via taxpayers – spent $2,674.35 at the hotel complex on July 1, 2011.

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Allentown's NIZ may expand

Allentown's NIZ may expand | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it

Allentown's controversial Neighborhood Improvement Zone is one step closer to getting bigger.

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Allentown withdraws $150 million lawsuit against Abraham Atiyeh for hockey arena challenge

Allentown withdraws $150 million lawsuit against Abraham Atiyeh for hockey arena challenge | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it

The city had originally filed a lawsuit claiming Atiyeh's original suit against the hockey arena lacked merit. Atiyeh called it a 'comical' attempt to scare him off.

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Bethlehem Township to drop hockey arena lawsuit

Bethlehem Township to drop hockey arena lawsuit | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it

The state budget process revised the legislation so that the city will no longer keep the earned income taxes of people who live in suburban municipalities and school district but work within the Allentown zone.

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Whitehall Township withdraws from NIZ lawsuit involving the Allentown Hockey Arena

Whitehall Township withdraws from NIZ lawsuit involving the Allentown Hockey Arena | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it
Whitehall Township in Lehigh County is withdrawing its legal challenge now that the state law has been changed so township taxes won’t help fund development of a hockey arena in Allentown.
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Say thanks to Stockton

Say thanks to Stockton | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it
Stockton’s financial woes, to be sure, were manifold. The housing collapse hit it hard, driving foreclosures up and property values down. Local stimulus plans — including nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in borrowing for a waterfront project, a minor-league hockey arena and other undertakings — fizzled.

 

Sound familiar, Allentown?

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Butz gets $10M loan backed by arena zone revenues

A $10 million loan backed by future Neighborhood Improvement Zone revenues will allow the Butz family to more than double the size of its downtown Allentown headquarters.

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Do not look for common sense, plain English in Allentown hockey ... - Allentown Morning Call

Do not look for common sense, plain English in Allentown hockey ... - Allentown Morning Call | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it

Maybe we rabble should keep our noses out of things that are none of our business, such as where our tax money is going, but when we read the plain English of Section 32, it makes us wonder if the esteemed figures of our community can read at all.

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Allentown hockey arena law similar to bill deemed unconstitutional ... - The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com

Allentown hockey arena law similar to bill deemed unconstitutional ... - The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it

Allentown hockey arena law similar to bill deemed unconstitutional.  Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly in July said proposed legislation similar to a law governing Allentown's Neighborhood...

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State budget legislation to settle Allentown arena fight - Allentown Morning Call

State budget legislation to settle Allentown arena fight - Allentown Morning Call | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it
Allentown Morning CallState budget legislation to settle Allentown arena fightAllentown Morning CallNegotiators are still hammering out a state budget, but the final deal is expected to include language that could settle Allentown's contentious arena...
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Bethlehem Area School District joins opposition to Allentown hockey arena law

Bethlehem Area School District joins opposition to Allentown hockey arena law | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it

But the district is not joining a lawsuit opposing the legislation.

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South Whitehall to Lose $60,000 a Year To Arena Project

South Whitehall to Lose $60,000 a Year To Arena Project | Allentown Arena Alert | Scoop.it
South Whitehall finally learned how much it will lose in tax revenue annually, and over 30 years, to Allentown's controversial Neighborhood Improvement Zone.
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