Tonawanda News


March 14, 2013

Silver holding up MMA legalization


Tonawanda News — Supporters estimate a single MMA event held at Madison Square Garden would generate $15 million in economic activity in New York. An event at First Niagara Center in Buffalo could generate $8 million. That’s a lot of cash to leave on the table because something offends our dear speaker’s sensibilities.

In some rather bright parliamentary maneuvering, Republicans included revenue generated from legalizing MMA in the budget their chamber passed last week. As budget negotiations continue, here’s hoping the one thing more important to Silver than pompous moralizing — spending taxpayers’ money — will sway his opinion. 

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