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Many are Avoiding Testimony over 38 Studios

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com

Rhode Island Health and Human Services Secretary Steven Costantino is the latest to decline to testify at the State House on the failed “38 Studios” deal. Costantino was House Finance Committee Chairman when the vote occurred. He joins company owner and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling who is also declining to testify. Some lawmakers are fed up.

"The elected and appointed leaders of Rhode Island, at every chance they have had to do the right thing – at its inception in the legislature; it's execution at the EDC and the corporate side; and in the aftermath, have refused to stand up and do the right thing for the people of this state," said State Sen. Dawson Hodgson, (R) North Kingstown.

Senator Hodgson, who is now running for Attorney General, says if people won’t voluntarily testify, legal subpoenas might force them to. But already this week, attorneys for former House Speaker Gordon Fox and others were in court, trying to stop their subpoenas.

ABC6 Chief Political reporter Mark Curtis said, "To many people, it's hard to believe. The 38 Studios deal passed four years ago; the company collapsed two years ago; and still the public has very few answers."

The General Assembly is still debating whether to repay $12 million dollars this year to 38 Studios bond holders. Many taxpayers and some lawmakers say no way.

"I believe that they shouldn't pay it because it was an inside deal, so on and so forth,” said one taxpayer.

“I think it's garbage. I think it's a bad investment on everything that they did cause all that money went to waste and like he didn't make anything,” said another taxpayer.

"We need to do our best by the Rhode Island taxpayer to minimize their financial loss from this scandal," said Senator Hodgson.

The court cases over 38 Studios, could drag on for years.
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