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UNCERTAINTY CONTINUES OVER NEW MARINERS HOME

     With Mariners owners saying they will put the team up for
sale next year if a new stadium isn't built, the future of the
team appears to be in the hands of some dissenting lawmakers.
The bill that passed the House last month to give a tax break on
stadium construction costs and shift some of an existing tax on
rental cars toward stadium bonds was never acted on by the
Senate.  Now, according to state Rep. Steve Van Luven, WA House
members are trying to come up with a bill that a "very cautious"
Legislature will support.  Many members say government "should
have no involvement" in building a stadium.  And, Rep. Marlin
Appelwick, has said that "support for a stadium-financing bill
probably peaked a week ago" (David Postman, SEATTLE TIMES, 5/2).
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