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Published October 5, 1995
WA's Attorney General yesterday issued a favorable opinion that "removed a major obstacle" to a special legislative session to consider financing for a new Mariners ballpark, according to this morning's SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER. The ruling will allow WA Gov. Mike Lowry to call the session -- expected at the end of this week -- without House Republicans allowed to override his previous tax cut vetoes. In meetings yesterday, legislative leaders "appeared to be moving toward a proposal that would enable King County authorities to issue bonds" as a way to cover their $120M commitment to the stadium. Lowry reportedly wants the state's $120M commitment to also come from bonds rather than a current budget surplus. Meanwhile, King County officials "remain concerned" about the $70M they already owe for Kingdome roof repairs, as well as about how to finance $100M in dome renovations demanded by the Seahawks. County Executive Gary Locke said if the state will not help pay, they should at least give the county taxing authority to raise funds. Locke also believes the state should increase funding of the stadium because they would receive 80% of tax benefits from a new facility (Bruscas & Penhale, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 10/5).