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BOSTON MEGAPLEX PLAN TAKES A BEATING ON BEACON HILL
Published October 16, 1995
The MA House Ways and Means Committee Friday called for a "stand-alone" convention center in South Boston -- without funding for companion stadiums, according to Phil Primack of the BOSTON HERALD. The bill "flatly rebuffed" MA Gov. William Weld's push for a full megaplex at the Crosstown site, thus prompting a veto threat from Weld because of its call for a "hefty hike" in the statewide hotel tax. House Ways and Means Chair Thomas Finneran: "It was really when we started to chart costs and revenues that it became more evident to us that South Boston had to be the site and the stadium had to be outright severed." Primack reports the bill may leave Patriots Owner Robert Kraft "even worse off." The new bill restates last year's offer of using public funds to improve roads and other infrastructure at Foxboro Stadium, however no state money will be released until both the Patriots and the NFL commit to keep the team in the state "for the next 25 years" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/14). Stephen Tocco, Weld's megaplex point-man, refuses to acknowledge that a stadium as part of a convention center is "dead" (David Halbfinger, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/16).