- On Tuesday to WPRO, Speaker Mattiello said the Pawsox's "original proposal" which required taxpayers to pay approximately $120 million for a new stadium "was a good business model." Now, he is walking back his comments by claiming that he "misspoke." The Speaker is not fooling anyone. The Speaker did not "misspoke." The simple truth is that the Speaker wants taxpayers to fund the construction of a new baseball stadium, but is afraid to admit it.
From the beginning, Speaker Mattiello has stated he was "excited that a new stadium will be built in Providence" (ProJo 2/23/15). Mattiello's paid consultant defended the Pawsox's original proposal as "not outlandish," and stated "most minor-league stadium deals that have been done over the last 20 years provide a larger public subsidy than that," (ProJo 5/8/15). Later, Mattiello tried to fool taxpayers by calling a public subsidy for a new stadium "revenue neutral" (ProJo 8/19/15).
Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Brandon S. Bell commented: "I know the Speaker is having some trouble saying what he really thinks, but I don't. The taxpayers of Rhode Island do not want to pay, in any way, for the building of a new stadium. Mr. Speaker, give up on building a field of dreams with taxpayer money."