January 8th, 2015 Statement - No Boston Olympics

January 8th, 2015, Statement

Boston is a world-class city.  Not because the USOC wants us to throw them a multi-billion dollar party, but because of the remarkable things that Bostonians do each and every day.  Our region’s prominence in the world has always been made on its own terms, and by its own people: from our forefathers who led the American Revolution, to today’s citizens who lead in cutting-edge research, technology, academics, and so many other arenas.  Sending a bid to the International Olympic Committee would be an unfortunate change.

As Governor Baker said today, we have a responsibility to embrace policies that “make a real difference in the lives of people, a growing and competitive economy, quality and affordable education for our kids, responsible, forward looking environmental policy as well as strong and safe communities.”  An Olympics accomplishes none of these things.  In fact, it threatens to divert resources and attention away from these challenges — all for a chance to host an event that economists say does not leave local economies better off.  The boosters behind Boston2024 won today -- but our Commonwealth is poorer for it.