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MASS. LEGISLATURE NOT BOWING TO KRAFT'S DEMANDS
Published February 7, 1995
MA legislative leaders say they "won't be pressured" by Patriots Owner Robert Kraft into financing projects to keep the team from leaving the state. Gov. William Weld is expected to file a legislative package worth "something less than" $100M to help Kraft build a training camp and improve access to Foxboro Stadium. But the BOSTON GLOBE's Scot Lehigh writes, "At a time when some states and cities are bending over backward to keep their professional teams happy, and others have wooed NFL teams with huge revenue guarantees, the prevailing attitude among Beacon Hill legislative leaders is that it is inappropriate to use public resources to help a private enterprise." Thomas Finneran, MA House Ways and Means chair, says Kraft's image as a "local savior" for buying the team should not give him the "right to expect the state to bail him out of a bad business deal." House Speaker Charles Flaherty: "The last time I checked Rome, London, Paris or Tokyo, none of them had an NBA, NFL, NHL or major league baseball franchise, and I think anybody would list them in the top 10 world-class cities" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/6).