Senate Finance Committee to hold third PawSox stadium hearing at URI’s Swan Hall auditorium

STATE HOUSE — The Senate Finance Committee will meet Tuesday at the University of Rhode Island to continue its review of legislation that would provide public support for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the auditorium at Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Road in Kingston.

The committee will hear testimony on a resolution (2017-S 0989), introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) that would authorize the state to enter into lease and financing agreements in connection with a ballpark.

The committee will also hear testimony on a bill (2017-S 0990) introduced by Chairman Conley that would permit redevelopment agencies to finance the construction of projects for residential, recreational, commercial, industrial, institutional, public, or other purposes contemplated by a redevelopment plan

This is the third of several hearings scheduled on the proposal. Chairman Conley will begin by providing a brief overview of the committee’s remaining hearing process. A presentation called “Economic & Fiscal Benefits Analysis of a New Downtown Ballpark” by program management firm Brailsford & Dunlavey will be followed by a presentation by representatives from Municap, Inc., who will present details on tax incremental financing and bonding as related to the proposed ballpark and ancillary development. A third presentation will be given by International League and Minor League Baseball officials who will explain their fiscal relationship with the Pawtucket Red Sox and how it relates to the proposed project. This will be followed by public comment.

Due to time constraints associated with the venue, this hearing is limited to four hours. Public testimony will be taken in the order that individuals sign up. Speaking time will be allocated equally and will be dependent upon the number of individuals signed up to speak. In recognition of this, the submission of written testimony is encouraged, either at the Committee's designated website (www.pawsoxhearings.com) or in person at the hearing.

Those submitting written testimony at the hearing are asked to bring 20 copies for the committee. Sign-in for the public comment portion of the hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Public Parking will be available at Parking Lot 1 on Briar Lane (located behind University Police station).

Tuesday’s hearing will be streamed live on the General Assembly’s website (rilegislature.gov), and will air on Capitol TV (Cox HD 1013, Cox and Full Channel 15, Verizon Fios 34) the following day.