We want to point out the recent WaPo story about Abe Pollin’s request to the DC government to fund Verizon Center upgrades. Notable is the disparity in the ticket tax between Nationals tickets and Verizon Center tickets, 10 percent versus 5.75 percent, and perhaps Pollin saw an opportunity to equalize the tax collected between his venue’s events and Nationals’ events helping his own organization benefit from the extra margin. Pollin built the Verizon Center on his own dime in an unproven part of the city firmly cementing an economic anchor in our neigborhood that other development could rally around. This is in stark contrast to the very expensive tab the new baseball stadium is incurring against public coffers, a separate discussion in its own right. On a $50 ticket, another 4.25 percent is just over $2 which isn’t a huge amount. It was late 1994 when Pollin announced he would build the MCI [now Verizon] Center and three years later it was a reality. Pollin’s committment is not in question and we feel that Fenty and the city should give this request serious consideration.