Budget battle impedes Vikings stadium

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA and ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: May 18, 2011 - 2:18 AM

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was revved up by the Arden Hills plan for a Vikings stadium, but legislators say a state budget fix comes first.

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rhinohornMay. 17, 1110:21 PM

Naming rights - who gets the $? It had better be the State of Minnesota. Have the Vikings agreed to give up control of the stadium and 100% of stadium revenues? Has the State identified how it will raise the $300,000,000? Have the Vikings and Ramsey County agreed to a met council review? How on earth can there be this many questions this late in the game? This project is not ready to be passed. Try again next year with a cleaner plan that actually adds up.

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macaroonMay. 17, 1111:01 PM

Wow - Bennett's a real wheeler dealer. Reminds me of Denny Hecker. And what about that cuckoo city council in Arden Hills? I hear they're more interested in that site being developed as a park or for low density single family homes - kinda like the rest of Arden Hills. And nobody has talked about the existing 185 buildings that will require demolition and toxic soil cleanup that will cost millions to get the site ready for any type of development. I'm thinking this whole thing is a ruse. What about you?

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Tinye67May. 17, 1111:29 PM

By all means.....for all of you who pay little to no taxes.....please stand in the way of those who pay most of the bill. We'd like to have the NFL and the Vikings in our city for generations to come.....but please continue to try stand in the way of progress even though most of you don't pay anything in taxes.

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Tinye67May. 17, 1111:36 PM

Funny how the people who pay little to no significant amount in taxes are the most vocal in how the tax money gets spent. How about this from those pay 75% plus in taxes in this state and country.....get out of the way. You don't contribute enough to have a say. We've paid enough for your bike trails and light rail cuz you can't afford a car.....we've paid enough for your free museums cuz you can't afford the theater or movies. And we've paid enough for your state parks cuz you can't afford to go to Wisconsin Dells. So please, appreciate that it's now time to get out of the way and allow this stadium for those who pay for everything else in this state. Trsut me when I tell you.....you won't be paying anything for this stadium. You're just looking for an excuse to complain. Daddy has to work.....so go play now.

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prplfutilityMay. 18, 1112:23 AM

Time to take care of OUR own business before we pay any attention to a 51% owner of the vikings who lives full time in New Jersey. By the way, why should our elected officials be giving special priority to a Minnesota business that takes ALL it's profits back to New Jersey!!! Time to get some LOCAL majority ownership back into the vikings before our taxpayer dollars end up in New Jersey where the Wilf's live and bank!!!

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oravenMay. 18, 1112:36 AM

The hell with the vikings and professional sports! Leave Minnesota and never come back!

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Rhino_TMay. 18, 1112:36 AM

The naming-rights revenues will most likely go to the Vikings. If those revenues went to the state the naming-rights deal would be worth less and if the Vikings used those revenues to borrow about $100 million for stadium funding, they would receive $34 million from the NFL stadium funding program. Giving the state the naming-rights revenues would be like burning $50 million. It would be dumb, Dumb, DUMB!!

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nasethMay. 18, 11 5:10 AM

"The budget discussion comes first and last for us," Koch said. Oh? Since when, yesterday?

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comment229May. 18, 11 5:53 AM

It's really a sad day in Minnesota, when we are spending the last days of a legislative session, arguing about a stadium, where there are so many questions unanswered that it is obvious that if anything does happen, it will be haphazard at best and agreed to as a compromise deal, without much input from the general public who will pick up the tab. Put all this in perspective by asking yourself what other worthy bills are going to be put on the back burner this year and tabled until next year, as time is wasted on this one issue. This is not government; this is corporate welfare and should have no place in the state legislature. What other private enterprises come to the state asking for this much money?

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cynical1May. 18, 11 6:01 AM

You maniacs that are working in state government. Are you even aware of what you are doing? Last Sunday's StarTribune featured 2 stories, one saying the state would pay up to 300 million for a stadium. The other said you were cutting higher education by 308 million. Huh? Where are your priorities? Sick, really sick.

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