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RIDGE STILL FACES A TOUGH SELL ON PA STADIUM FINANCING
Published January 19, 1999
PA Gov. Tom Ridge continues to "pitch" for new stadiums in the state to "what has proven to be one of his toughest audiences -- members of the House Republican caucus," according to Reeves & Shelly of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. Ridge met with about 70 GOP members last week and was "well- received," but when he made his bid for up to $325M in new stadium funding, observers said, "No one clapped." One lawmaker: "He talked up stadiums, and it just isn't happening." Ridge is hoping for a vote by February 10, and several Ridge staffers say that stadium-funding backers "may actually have lost ground, since the bill failed to pass the House in November (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/17). TEAM BUILDING: In Pittsburgh, Peter Shelly reported on the "impressive lineup of lobbyists" that will aid PA's teams on the stadium legislation. While the teams "have built a balanced lineup, with lobbyists from the east and west," they still face "tough odds in the House ... where lobbyists have not fared well" (POST-GAZETTE, 1/16).