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CONVENTION CENTER COMMISSION WANTS MORE MONEY FROM KRAFT
Published May 17, 1995
Members of the MA special convention center commission told Patriots Owner Robert Kraft that he "must be willing to pay more" toward the construction of a stadium, according to today's BOSTON HERALD. Sources say that Kraft's initial offer was between $60M- 70M. Meanwhile, citing the MA Lodging Association's "renewed opposition" to any hotel tax hike to pay for a megaplex and Gov. William Weld's pledge to veto any statewide tax hike to help finance the facility, MA House Ways and Means Chair Thomas Finneran "warned" yesterday that the dome "could doom the convention center." Finneran: "I need to hear that the commission has solid, substantial private financing for everything over and above a convention center alone." State Sen. Robert Havern: "The vast majority of the stadium costs must be privately paid for and we are making serious progress toward that end" (Phil Primack, BOSTON HERALD, 5/17).