Happy Monday morning! In "D.C. Ballpark's Rising Price Tag Compels Cuts
," the Post
details growing problems with the city's attempts to stay under the mandated $535 million price tag for building the new Nationals baseball stadium
: "City officials had included money to repave roads and expand a Metro station near the stadium in the $535 million budget approved by the D.C. Council last year. Those funds now will go instead toward labor and building materials and to cover the cost of land for the stadium, which also is more expensive than anticipated. [...] The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, which is overseeing the construction, determined that the cost of the distinctive ballpark designed by its architects has risen from $244 million to $337 million. That set off a scramble by top city officials who have since reduced the cost to $300 million but still are seeking money to complete the project."