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  • BEARS CALL THE INDIANA PROPOSAL "INTRIGUING"

         Bears officials are calling the proposal from an Indiana
    group "intriguing" and said they are "enthusiastic" about it,
    according to Bears CFO & VP of Ops Ted Phillips.  R. Joseph
    Gelarden of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR reports that the group consists
    of Gary Neale, Chair & CEO of Northern Indiana Public Service Co.
    Industries, Whitco Industries CEO Dean White, the Mercantile
    National Bank and Ribordy Enterprises.  Gelarden writes that the
    coalition wants the location to "include hotels and other
    attractions" along with the stadium (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 8/26).
    

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  • BOSTON HOTELS ENDORSE LOCAL TAX ON HOTELS

         A group of 20 Greater Boston hotels yesterday endorsed a
    local tax of $1 per room to provide "backup financing" for a
    South Boston convention center-only project, according to Richard
    Kindleberger of the BOSTON GLOBE.  State Rep. Peter Larkin, Chair
    of the subcommittee of the special commission that has
    recommended building a convention center-stadium megaplex, called
    the $1 a room recommendation "insufficient" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/29).
    

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  • CIGARETTE TAX BECOMES FUNDING OPTION FOR BREWERS STADIUM

         A regional cigarette tax surfaced yesterday "as an option"
    to fund a new Brewers stadium, according to Sam Martino of the
    MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL.  The idea came up as Republican
    legislators and officials from seven southeastern WI counties met
    to discuss alternatives to the an increase in the sales and hotel
    tax in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.  Officials said the
    cigarette tax "was only one of several ideas" discussed in
    separate meetings yesterday.  Among the other options considered:
    a new or additional car rental tax, a new or additional food and
    beverage tax, a tax on items sold at the stadium, eliminating the
    $500,000 annual sales tax exemption for sky boxes, and a 0.5%
    City of Milwaukee sales tax that would help raise $23.6M/year
    (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/29).
    

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