Sen. Fasano Reminds Malloy of “No State Dollars” Pledge for Rock Cats Stadium

September 5, 2014

Hartford – State Senator Len Fasano (R-34), Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore, issued the following statement today concerning the Rock Cats stadium proposal under review by the Hartford City Council.

“As the details of the DoNo Hartford proposals slowly emerge, and the true price tag comes into focus, I want to remind Governor Malloy of his pledge to protect state dollars from being squandered on this project.

“A new stadium is an enormous undertaking that the state cannot possibly afford to take on at this time. As Hartford moves forward with their plans, and begins to piece together their budget, we must hold the governor to his promise that no taxpayer funding will be used to pay for any aspect of this stadium.

“From the ball park itself to the roads around it, Connecticut cannot afford to spend a single dime on this project. I sincerely hope that the governor keeps his word and protects taxpayers from shouldering yet another statewide burden,” said Fasano.

Background

On Friday June 6, 2014, Governor Malloy made the following statements concerning the Rock Cats stadium plans when asked if the state bond commission would contribute to funding the baseball stadium:

“I have made it very clear and continue to make it clear that we are not participating in this project…we’re not part of it.”

He also stated: “I’m not intending to be the mayor of cities…it’s up to cities what they want to do in their jurisdictions.”

When asked about funding for associated project costs, such as street realignments, Governor Malloy stated: “Honestly I don’t know anything about that…we have no intention of participating in this program…Don’t be counting on us.”

To listen to the governor’s full statement, visit CT-N: http://ct-n.com/ondemand.asp?ID=10352.