SENATE PASSES PATRIOTS BILL; FINNERAN SURPRISINGLY DOCILE
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).