Two Bills Up To Plate For Fate Of PawSox

Jan 8, 2018

A state Senate Committee will consider the fate of the PawSox Tuesday, with a hearing on two bills related to the proposed PawSox stadium in Pawtucket. The hearing had to be postponed last week due to winter weather.

One bill would authorize the state to enter leasing and finacing agreements related to a new ballpark. The other would allow redevelopment agencies to finance the building of projects for residential, recreational, commercial and other uses.

The legislation is expected to win approval in the Senate, but the House of Representatives remained a question mark. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said it’s his sense that most Rhode Islanders opposed public financing of a new PawSox stadium.

Supporters said that without public financing, the PawSox are likely to leave for Worcester or some other destination. Worcester had expressed interested in the team, but had yet to make a public cash offer for the PawSox.