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WHAT'S WORSE, HERSHISER ON FOUR DAYS REST OR WA POLITICS?
Published October 12, 1995
"As many as three-quarters" of WA House Republicans "now oppose" WA Gov. Mike Lowry's plan to finance a new stadium for the Mariners and Kingdome renovations, according to this morning's SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER. Michael Paulson reports one House Republican leader said Wednesday that only a quarter to a third of the Republican-controlled body "are prepared to vote" for the proposal, which would use state money from expanded lottery games, special license plate sales and existing taxes to pay its share of the $515M price tag for the facility construction and improvements. King County's share would be financed through tax increases in car rentals, restaurants and sports tickets. The plan was made public yesterday by King County Exec Gary Locke. While Lowry's plan has the support of top Republicans, Speaker Clyde Ballard and Senate Minority Leader Dan McDonald, "the debate clearly has partisan overtones." Lowry last night called a special session to discuss the plan and is "still optimistic" some form of financing will pass. The Democrat-controlled Senate is thought to have the votes. Under the plan, the Mariners would contribute $45M, with the state and county splitting the remaining $255M (SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER, 10/12).