According to a recent news report from Worcester Telegram & Gazette Staff, Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler, a Democrat from Worcester, indicated that the Massachusetts state legislature “has an established precedent of not putting public money into sports stadiums.” Furthermore, in response to the idea of Pawtucket Red Sox moving to Worcester, Chandler stated: “It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?” “(But) who’s going to pay for it?”
Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Brandon S. Bell commented: “Since 2015, Rhode Island Republicans have been speaking out against taxpayer funding for a new Pawsox Stadium. I know Rhode Island State House Democrats do not like listening to Republicans, but maybe they will listen to a top State House Democrat from Worcester, Massachusetts? Top Massachusetts State House Democrats have figured out that it makes no economic sense to use taxpayer money to build sports stadiums. But in Rhode Island, Governor Raimondo, Senate President Ruggerio and House Speaker Mattiello all support or have supported taxpayer funding for a new Pawsox stadium. When will Rhode Island Democrats learn? How did we in Rhode Island get stuck with such a bunch of fools on Smith Hill?”
Bell concluded: “I have a trade proposal: Massachusetts can have the Pawsox and our State House leadership (which includes a possible Presidential candidate), and we’ll take Massachusetts’ lower taxes and better schools. Now that is a Pawsox deal the taxpayers can get on board with. Is it a deal Worcester?”
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