Rosenberg: Mass. not in position to put public money behind Olympics

Senate President to bring in experts to analyze plan

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BOSTON (State House News Service) – Saying he wants to “get into the public policy realm,” Senate President Stanley Rosenberg plans to bring in “experts” to scrutinize the Boston 2024 Olympics bid.

“We’re going to put on the green eyeshades, sharpen the pencils,” Rosenberg told WCVB’s “On the Record” on Sunday morning. “I’m going to bring in some experts and we’re going to sit with them and we’re going to go in great detail into the proposal to make sure that they really have a rock solid proposal, because we’re really not in a position to come up with public funds to support this.”

Like most other elected officials, Rosenberg sounded elated that the U.S. Olympic Committee had chosen Boston to compete with other international cities to host the 2024 summer games. “Couldn’t be happier,” the Amherst Democrat said. “It’s a prideful moment for Massachusetts and for Boston, what we’ve been through. And this establishes that we are truly a world-class city and a world-class state.”

Boston 2024 to date has declined to publicly release its Olympics bid.

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