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TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT: MA HOUSE SPEAKER GIVES PATS FINAL OFFER

          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).

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