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NC HOUSE SPEAKER AIMS TO DELAY BALLPARK FINANCING VOTE
Published March 20, 1998
NC House Speaker Pro Tem Steve Wood said he wants to try to "slip through a bill delaying indefinitely a vote" on a 1% prepared food tax to help fund a new baseball stadium in the Triad area, according to John Nagy of the Greensboro NEWS & RECORD. Wood, an opponent of public financing, said he "wants to head off what he believes will be a rejection of the tax. Politicians have been distancing themselves from the tax, restaurants who once supported it are pulling out and even tourism groups are wary of getting involved." But proponents of bringing an MLB team to the Triad area said the plan "will not work without the public sharing the cost" (Greensboro NEWS & RECORD, 3/18).