Legislators call for vote on stadium

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 1, 2011 - 11:17 PM

Koch, Zellers back referendum on sales tax increase, putting Arden Hills plan in jeopardy.

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topherg3Sep. 1, 1112:45 PM

Why doesn't Amy Koch have the courage to vote on the stadium bill for herself. That's what her distict elected her for. Pass or Fail just vote on it already.

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bigj111Sep. 1, 1112:47 PM

Bennett: "You float a tax increase for motherhood and apple pie right now and it'd fail."-----he's right. I already have 3 kids so my vote would be against additional motherhood, and I strongly prefer pecan or silk pies to fruits, especially apple. As with most voters......I choose to be consumed by what's best for me and my particular situation today. Damn everyone else and their open-minded, forward thinking.

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dandcaddySep. 1, 1112:47 PM

This is what happens when legislators don't want to do what they are paid to do (make decisions for us) and tough choices have to be made Definitely more concerned about whether she has a job than what would be best for our state.

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shackenSep. 1, 1112:51 PM

Politicians sometimes need to make decisions that are unpopular but necessary. Pushing these things off to a referendum shirks their responsibility that they were elected to.

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cpmn316Sep. 1, 1112:53 PM

Any legislator (or governor) that asks for a referendum is just gutless, regardless what side of the issue they are on. We have a representative democracy. We elect these people to look closely at the issues and decide what is best. Not to pass the buck on a tough issue back to the electorate. If we don't think what the legislator decides the "referendum" comes the next time they are up for election.

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ewiltsSep. 1, 1112:57 PM

"A referendum likely could not be held until November 2012 -- long after the Vikings' lease at the Metrodome expires." I don't think that there is anybody stopping the Vikings from signing a lease at the Metrodome except the Vikings themselves.

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KBE111Sep. 1, 1112:57 PM

So because they may lose a vote by the people expected to pay, we better not let them vote? This is how our goverment works. When a majority is against something then just do not give them a say if it will line your pocket.

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ewiltsSep. 1, 1112:59 PM

The current law mandates a referendum. What the Vikings want is an exception to the law. All we're asking the legislators to do is to follow the current law.

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swschradSep. 1, 1112:59 PM

the obstructionists constantly try to avoid blame by whining, "the voters! the voters must decide!" fact is, they already did, they elected you to make the decisions for you. it's called a representative democracy, and that's the form of government we have. Amy Koch doesn't want to be caught in the same room with a decision, and that's all there is to it.

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indfserfdwdSep. 1, 11 1:01 PM

sorry facepainters... this is the way the law is right now. there is a referendum on the books for sales tax increases and Amy Koch is merely following the law. Too bad Tim Pawlenty didn't do the same when the twin stadium came up... As far as the argument that waiving the referendum so the stadium can get rammed down the throats of the taxpayer because it "is in the best interest of the state"... well..it's just plain laughable....

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