Link to entire column.

Here is a part– pay attention to the numbers (Taxpayers of Pawtucket and $15 million)…   We voted against a slots parlor that would cost us nothing open 365 days per year/24 hours per day and we want to compete against a 83,000,000 proposal to build a baseball park for a  minor league baseball team that has 72 home games?




The good citizens of Rhode Island need to take a deep breath, hold it for a few seconds, exhale slowly and consign once and for all the failed 38 Studios deal to business school case studies.  Then they can take another deep breath, exhale slowly and encourage their lawmakers to negotiate a deal to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Public financing for private enterprise has been discussed, debated, argued and editorialized for years.  That’s good. Some proposals are better than others, and legislators must be careful with their constituents’ tax money. Having written that, I say it’s time for the General Assembly in Rhode Island to forget another round of studies and to help fund a stadium on the Apex site off I-95.

This project, expected to cost about

  • $83 million, will have the commitment of
  • PawSox ownership ($45 million)
  • State of Rhode Island ($23 million)
  • City of Pawtucket  taxpayers ($15 million).


I sat let’s do it. Imagine driving through the famous S curves in Pawtucket, rounding the bend and coming upon a sparkling new 10,000-seat stadium, home of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

We need positive images for Rhode Island, and what can be more positive than cranes in the sky by day followed by light towers in the sky at night?
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