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TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT: MA HOUSE SPEAKER GIVES PATS FINAL OFFER
Published July 17, 1998
MA House Speaker Thomas Finneran said yesterday that the Patriots "must choose between the House's version of a bill to help the team rebuild Foxboro Stadium or no state aid at all," according to Tina Cassidy of the BOSTON GLOBE. Finneran said that he "still opposed" the Senate's version of the stadium bill, which "is more generous" to team Owner Robert Kraft than the House version. Finneran added that he "would reject any attempt to have the House vote" on the Senate bill. A Patriots spokesperson declined comment. The House bill, passed last fall, authorizes $50M in state funds for improvements to roads, light and other infrastructure around Foxboro and Kraft, in return, would refurbish the stadium. Unlike the Senate version, the House bill "did not include funds to purchase the land and lease it back to Kraft." The MA session ends July 31, and if no action is taken, the bills "automatically die" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/17).