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States sell facility name rights

Washington is the latest state considering selling the naming rights of its publicly owned facilities to fight budget cuts.

Does it make a difference if we say John Doe Dept of public safety or the XYX department of public safety. Only the phone listing and the way we search changes. We would still find it under DPS.

I guess that there is two questions here:

1) If no reduction in the size of government is made does it make a difference

2) Are you OK with naming your state buildings after donors.

Don't we do this at universities for the big bucks ... John Doe stadium ... Jane Doe library ... Little Doe Dorm ... etc ... some are state owned universities.

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