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Post : Legislator blasts idea of putting PawSox plan to public vote
URL : http://whdh.com/news/legislator-blasts-idea-of-putting-pawsox-plan-to-public-vote/
Posted : January 13, 2018 at 5:54 pm
Author : Nicole Fell
Categories : News, Regional, Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A top legislator in Rhode Island condemning the idea of letting the public vote on a proposal for the Pawtucket Red Sox stadium.

The Providence Journal reports that William J. Conley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued a statement Saturday blasting the notion of a referendum.

Conley said resorting to a public vote because it's a tough decision is "a betrayal of the fundamental principles of representative democracy."

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello had recently told the newspaper he was open to the idea of a referendum.

Conley's committee approved a proposal Tuesday providing public subsidies to help fund a new stadium for the Boston Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate.

The proposal is set for a full vote in the Senate next week before going to the House of Representatives.

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