According to the Charlotte News
"Tillis said Tuesday he can’t support giving state tax dollars to the Panthers. That’s probably not the last word from Raleigh, but Richardson should come up with another idea, anyway. He could look to the National Football League’s most storied franchise for inspiration."
Its also odd that I could find nothing in the NC Constitution that allows for this money to be given to a private company. The state allows counties, cities and towns to set up special taxes for this but there's no provision in the state constitution that allows for state funds to be used this way. We can offer incentives but no direct payments from what I can see.
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