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REFUSE TO LOSE? SEATTLE STADIUM MEASURE HAS "FALLEN APART"
Published October 13, 1995
A compromise plan to finance a new stadium for the Mariners and renovate the Kingdome for the Seahawks "has fallen apart," according to this morning's SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER. House Speaker Clyde Ballard (R) and Senate Majority Leader Marc Gaspard (D) decided not to hold a vote on the plan yesterday because "too few lawmakers were willing to support it." Michael Paulson notes lawmakers are scheduled to continue their special session to debate the issue today, "but a deep divide appears to have opened between lawmakers who negotiated the deal." Ballard on the proposal: "The biggest red flag of all is that there are going to be state dollars out of the state budget. You don't have to be Einstein to figure out that was going to be a problem," but he added, "We're going to work on ways to get the votes" (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 10/13). BREAK IT ON DOWN: Paulson writes 55% of the House Democrats and "more than" 50% of the Senate Democrats support the measure. "No more than" 33% of House Republicans and 25% of Senate Republicans support the financing plan (SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER, 10/13).