An alert from the Associated Press: "D.C. Council Chair Linda W. Cropp will introduce emergency legislation on Tuesday that would cap the city's contribution to a Nationals baseball stadium at $300 million." The question is if this is just on the construction agreement, or the stadium lease agreement. If it's the lease agreement, there will probably be trouble with MLB; if it's the construction agreement, then there's probably room for maneuvering. Will post more as it comes along. UPDATE:
Here is the Post's article, "D.C. Council Insists on Own Stadium Cost Cap
." From the article: "The legislation, Cropp said, would cap the city's payments for labor and materials for the ballpark at $300 million, along with an additional $20 million that MLB promised in December. Williams (D) offered the same cap last week, but council members said the mayor's cap has loopholes. The council is also considering capping the project's entire cost at between $589 million and $630 million, council members said. Emergency legislation would require nine votes among the council's 13 members for approval." And: "If the council does not approve the lease today, baseball officials might choose to pursue full arbitration, which could take up to six months to resolve." And, my own personal favorite: "During the council's closed-door meeting, which grew louder as it progressed, Cropp could be heard admonishing her colleagues. 'I'm sick of this,' she told them. 'Every time we move somewhere, you keep adding something else. I'm sick of it. I want you people to either vote it up or vote it down.' " UPDATE:
Here is the WashTimes story
, covering most of the same bases.