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SENATE PASSES PATRIOTS BILL; FINNERAN SURPRISINGLY DOCILE
Published February 27, 1998
The MA Senate "overwhelmingly passed" a Patriots stadium bill yesterday that includes a funding measure that would impose an income tax on visiting team athletes playing in Foxboro, according to Tina Cassidy of the BOSTON GLOBE. After the Senate voted 36-1 for the legislation, House Speaker Thomas Finneran said he was "curious" about the income tax idea. Acting Gov. Paul Cellucci said that he "opposes the tax on the players." A conference committee comprised of House and Senate members could be assembled as early as Monday, to "work out differences between the bill passed yesterday and the House version passed last fall." The Senate version calls for a new $200M stadium, while the House version calls for a $50M remodeling of Foxboro Stadium. Patriots VP Jonathan Kraft said he "was relieved" the stadium bill is "making progress" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/27).