State Rep. Jason Perillo of Shelton opposes proposed legislation to dedicate state tax dollars toward the construction of a new baseball stadium in Hartford. \u201cRegardless of whether or not you want to see baseball being played professionally in Hartford or not, state taxpayers shouldn\u2019t be footing the bill to make it happen,\u201d said Perillo, a Republican first elected in 2007. In June 2014, it was announced that the New Britain Rock Cats, a Double A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, would move to Hartford. A new stadium is being constructed to host the minor league team, which will be renamed the Hartford Yard Goats. When the deal was announced, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asserted that the agreement was between the team and the municipalities involved, and that state dollars would not be used for the construction of a stadium in Hartford. The bill before the legislature would change all that. Perillo: No other facility benefits like this \u201cThere is no other facility that gets to benefit from an admissions tax the way this bill would allow the new Yard Goats stadium to,\u201d Perillo said. \u201cI am opposed to committing taxpayer\u2019s money to helping pay for a deal arranged by the team owners and the city of Hartford. \u201cI am hopeful that Gov. Malloy will also remain committed keep keeping taxpayer dollars out of the picture,\u201d Perillo said. Malloy is a Democrat, and the Democrats control both houses of the state legislature in Connecticut. Dedicating taxes from ticket sales Under the proposed bill, the funds received from taxes on ticket sales would be moved from the general fund to an account dedicated to paying off the cost of constructing the stadium. The legislature\u2019s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee held a public hearing on the bill, SB 1132: An Act Concerning the Admissions Tax, on April 20. Perillo is a member of that committee. Ground was broken for the new stadium in Hartford\u2019s downtown north neighborhood in February. The Yard Goats are expected to play their first season there beginning in 2016. Perillo represents the 113th House District, which covers slightly more than half of Shelton.