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Carolina Panthers press lawmakers for state money

Carolina Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson personally asked state lawmakers to help finance a stadium upgrade Wednesday morning, offering a plan that calls for $62.5 million in state aid and state approval for $144 million in higher local taxes.

Some lawmakers responded with questions, particularly about the tax hike.

Richardson and team President Danny Morrison appeared at the Mecklenburg delegation meeting with Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble, who outlined the proposal.

Richardson described his long effort to win the franchise, which was awarded in 1993. He insisted he has no plans to move it.

“I would never move the team, I want to emphasize that,” Richardson told Mecklenburg County legislators. “I never made a threat to move the team. To be honest with you, it was offensive to me to suggest I would.”

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