Chafee: 38 Studios not paying local vendors
Governor Lincoln Chafee says he doesn’t believe that local vendors of 38 Studios have been getting paid. In an appearance on RI Public Radio’s weekly Political Roundtable show, Chafee says that getting reliable information from Red Sox legend Curt Shilling’s video game company has been difficult but that Chafee believes that some vendors are not being paid for services rendered locally to the video game company.
When asked if vendors are being paid, Chafee said his office has been getting inquiries from vendors who are frustrated. “We’ve been getting calls and we hear they’re not,’’ being paid Chafee says.
Chafee also cautioned that the fog of reliable information from Schilling’s company is so thick that he doesn’t know for sure what the financial status of 38 Studios is at present. The company has not been opening its books to state government, which guaranteed 38 Studios a $75 million loan during the waning days of the administration of Gov. Donald Carcieri. Chafee opposed the deal as a candidate for governor, but now says he has a responsibility to the state taxpayers to salvage what he can from an arrangement he thought was foolish from the start.
The interview with Chafee can be heard tomorrow (Friday) on Morning Edition at 5:40 and 7:40.