NC HOUSE SPEAKER AIMS TO DELAY BALLPARK FINANCING VOTE
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).