PODCAST: State legislation proposed to end taxpayer-funded stadiums

Photo by Lindsey Lerner

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new bill may ensure that the only thing a taxpayer has to pay for at a Pawtucket Red Sox game would be a hot dog and price of admission.

A bill introduced in the Rhode Island legislature would bar public money being spent on new stadium construction.

Republican representative Patricia Morgan says that as a private company intended to make money the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate should be responsible for building their own stadium.

Morgan discussed the legislation with WPRO’s Matt Allen on Thursday. LISTEN BELOW.

She says the rationale for the stadium bill is that “the amount of money and long-term jobs it will bring in is not worth the substantial risk.”

The bill would mandate a vote from the General Assembly before any public finances are used to pay for a stadium.

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