Governor: State doesn’t need to redo the PawSox stadium deal
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says the deal for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox does not need to be renegotiated, as the House speaker has requested.
Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Friday he wants the state and the team to renegotiate, to reduce the risk to taxpayers and perhaps require the team or its owners to shoulder more of the cost.
The Democratic governor said Tuesday the current proposal protects taxpayers and keeps the team in Pawtucket, which could revitalize the city.
Lawmakers are considering a bill that shares the $83 million project cost among the state, Pawtucket and the team, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
Raimondo says it would be natural for lawmakers to amend it, but it’s a good deal.