NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung is calling for an up-or-down vote on repayment of the bonds that financed the failed 38 Studios deal.
The Cranston mayor said at the Statehouse Tuesday "Rhode Islanders deserve to know" where lawmakers stand.
The budget plan scheduled for a House vote Thursday includes $12.3 million for the next bond payment in connection with the bankruptcy of ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company.
Fung insists the state should not pay, saying there are "more than enough" questions about the deal. Legislative leaders and the governor say the state should honor the debt.
Fung says he would veto the state budget if it contained money for repayment.
His primary challenger, Ken Block, also is calling for default on the bonds.