State Lawmakers concerned about Olympic Games cost

An effort to outright ban the use of public funds on the Olympic Games was shot down by state lawmakers earlier this year.

This artist's rendering released Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 by the Boston 2024 planning committee shows a proposed pedestrian boulevard along a channel running to a temporary Olympic stadium in Boston, if the city is awarded the Summer Olympic games in 2024. Boston goes up against potential bids from Rome, Paris, Germany and South Africa. The International Olympic Committee is scheduled to make its decision in 2017. (AP Photo/Boston 2024)

(WWLP) – If Boston is chosen as the host city for the 2024 Summer Olympics, it could be quite a costly project.

A provision in the state budget would block taxpayer dollars from being used to benefit the Olympic Games, but some lawmakers argue it doesn’t go far enough. We’re still a couple years away from finding out which city will be chosen, but some people are already worried about the potential cost overruns.

An effort to outright ban the use of public funds on the Olympic Games was shot down by state lawmakers earlier this year. Instead, the state budget includes a provision that would ban tax dollars from being spent on the Olympic Games without public hearings and approval from the legislature.

State Senator Ben Downing said, “We need to be smart about this. It isn’t just about throwing a party. It’s about how we run this Commonwealth, and I think the protections we put in place in the budget were good, but I don’t think they go far enough.”

Boston is competing with several cities around the world to host the games such as Paris, Budapest and Hamburg, Germany.

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