- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - A top Beacon Hill lawmaker says he’d like to see the entire state take part in the Olympics if Boston is tapped to host the 2024 summer games.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo told reporters Wednesday that while greater Boston should remain the focus of the games, he’d want cities like Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield and areas like the Berkshires and the South Coast to host some of the sporting events.

The Winthrop Democrat also issued a note of caution, saying he doesn’t want to see the state on the hook for millions of dollars. He said he also doesn’t want state taxpayers paying for the games.

DeLeo said the state should avoid building new sporting facilities for the games that end up being mothballed because they have no future use.

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