R.I. governor gets behind PawSox stadium plan
PAWTUCKET — Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island said Monday she supports new legislation by Pawtucket’s mayor that outlines how to finance a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium.
Raimondo said that under Mayor Donald Grebien’s revised bill, the state ultimately pays nothing for the new ballpark.
The legislation is expected to be introduced Tuesday in the state Senate, just days before lawmakers are set to adjourn for the year, but it’s possible they could reconvene in the fall to consider it.
Raimondo urged the General Assembly to give it a ‘‘full debate and vetting.’’
Grebien previously pushed a bill that calls for the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency to borrow $71 million to build a downtown ballpark. The plan asked the state to pay off $23 million. The team would pay $33 million and the city would pay $15 million.
Grebien said Monday the legislation addresses concerns from Raimondo that the previous bill language wasn’t strong enough in clarifying that the state will not backstop bonds that will raise money for the city’s and team’s portions.
Grebien said he’s been worried about losing the PawSox and said it was important to get the legislation introduced before lawmakers leave for the year.
‘‘It’s important for Pawtucket. It’s important to our revitalization,’’ Grebien said.