Aid approved for Brewers park


A legislative committee yesterday approved a $68 million state aid package for a new Milwaukee Brewers stadium that would extend the sales tax on luxury sky boxes planned for the facility.

The Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions voted, 7-0, in favor of the plan providing a $35 million loan to the team and another $33 million in highway reconstruction, state tax exemptions and regulatory waivers.

The bill advances today to the Senate, but Senate President Fred Risser said it appeared that even if the bill won Senate approval it probably would not be acted upon by the Assembly until the October session.

* ANGELS: A 15-year lease agreement between the California Angels and the city of Tempe provides for the Angels to play their spring-training home games at Diablo Stadium beginning in 1993, a team official said.

In exchange, the city will expand seating from 5,600 to 7,500, triple the number of restrooms and upgrade locker rooms, offices and press facilities, Angels vice president Kevin Uhlich said.

The Angels now begin their spring training in Mesa and then play their home games in Palm Springs, Calif.

Uhlich said remodeling the stadium would cost between $3.5 million and $3.8 million. He declined to discuss other specifics of the agreement in advance of a news conference scheduled by team and city officials.

* ASTROS: Houston owner John McMullen met with a local group of investors to restart stalled negotiations over the sale of the baseball team.

Talks had been stagnant for several weeks, but a spokesman would not comment on whether the outlook for a sale was any brighter after the three-hour meeting.

Ethan Cartwright, spokesman for the Houston Sports Association, which owns the Astros, said only that another meeting will be held between the two groups.

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