PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Of the more than 500 emails and phone calls the governor’s office has received about a proposed Pawtucket Red Sox stadium in Providence, 98 percent of them opposed the plan.
Gov. Gina Raimondo has received 553 emails and phone calls since February — when the owners of the Triple-A Boston Red Sox affiliate announced they wanted to move the team to Providence — and 540 of them have expressed opposition to the proposal, a Raimondo spokeswoman said.
Nine of them were in favor of the plan, while four were neutral, the spokeswoman said.
Other elected officials have received phone calls from constituents, most of them — if not all — opposed to the proposal.
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has received 10 phone calls about the stadium, all of which were opposed to it, her spokesman said. And Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has received 7 phone calls, also all opposed, his spokesman said.
House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has not been keeping an official log of calls, but his office estimates it has received 100 calls regarding the stadium proposal, about 25 percent in favor and the rest opposed, said Mattiello spokesman Larry Berman.
To date, there have been no formal surveys to gauge the public’s opinion on the stadium proposal.
The team’s ownership group has been meeting behind closed doors with state lawmakers to come up with a new proposal. The team’s original proposal, asking for $120 million in state subsidies, was rejected by lawmakers.
A stadium proposal won’t be part of next week’s budget hearing, Berman said. Lawmakers may need to hold a special session in the fall to vote on a proposal, he said.
The proposal would be a budget item, and it would not require a public referendum.
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