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CARLSON PUSHES FOR REFERENDUM ON TWINS STADIUM

     MN Gov. Arne Carlson says he will ask the legislature to put
an initiative on the November '96 ballot to determine if metro-
area voters want to pay for a new ballpark for the club.  The
Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE reports Carlson's request follows a task
force study which concluded that "the retention" of the Twins
will require "either additional revenue streams in the Metrodome
or a new stadium."  Paul Thatcher, Finance Chair for the
Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission:  "I profoundly believe
if we don't build a new stadium we will lose baseball."  The
Twins can exercise an escape clause at the Metrodome after the
'97 season (Weiner & Whereatt, Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/22).
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