Grass-roots effort opposes sales tax for stadium

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 18, 2011 - 10:16 AM

The group meets Tuesday to discuss a petition drive to give voters a chance to weigh in on the county's financial piece.

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EleanoreOct. 17, 11 9:32 PM

90% of Minnesotans are with you and are incensed that anyone would try to take away your right to vote on "optional" taxes. Any industry whose basic business model depends on public subsidies as the Govenor admitted recently, is not an industry that we can or should be providing subsidies to in america. People have a right to choose to keep their property rather than provide it as tribute to corporate profits at the whim of this politician or that. Either respect the constitution or get out corporatists, you day is over in MN.

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nowilffareOct. 18, 11 7:49 AM

Keep up the good fight... At some point we the people need to tell the politicians that we're not going to let you waste our money on special interest projects anymore. Voters affiliated with both parties seem to be in agreement that the Vikings do not deserve our money just because they made friends with a few people that sought public office and were elected.

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sandiford86Oct. 18, 11 8:00 AM

Nice hat, dude. Way to look professional

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mishmouseOct. 18, 11 8:02 AM

Why build a new stadium when they are having problems filling their current stadium? Now, if the vikes actually were winning games instead of being a bunch of pathetic losers, it may be a different story. If they add the .5% sales tax how will it benefit the people? Will the price of a ticket be cheaper? Will the people get free parking? If the vikes keep playing up to the level they are currently at the people of MN just might buy them the plane ticket to LA. Oh, and if the vikes think they will make it in LA they are on drugs. I have an idea instead of moving to an already bloated market, move to another state that doesn't have a team. How about Nebraska or North Dakota or even Montana?

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edkohlerOct. 18, 11 8:53 AM

People shouldn't have to work this hard to prevent having money redistributed from Ramsey County taxpayers to a private businessman in New Jersey. Thanks for working to make up for Commissioners Tony Bennett and Ortega.

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gcrileyOct. 18, 11 9:05 AM

A question. What is to become of that land that has been sitting there bringing in 0 tax revenue? The fact that tax revenue will be brought in from development needs to be weighed. That is a lot of unused land to have sitting idle.

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gcrileyOct. 18, 11 9:08 AM

People have a right to choose to keep their property rather than provide it as tribute to corporate profits at the whim of this politician or that. Either respect the constitution or get out corporatists, you day is over in MN. --- Cool. Counterpoint, if we view it as your property why have you not cleaned it up to stop nasty chemicals from leaching into the environment? While you so it is not right to give up your property to corporate profitism it is equally so to let a toxic dump just sit there.

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czarina50Oct. 18, 11 9:45 AM

Here's a idea -- sell the Vikings to the public. Sell shares of stock like in Green Bay, the only publicly owned franchise. Every time they need some improvements, they look to the fans. And they sell some shares of stock. It seems that would be a true measure of how much people really want the team, and it would depend on fans to fund it rather than taxpayers.

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seavikeOct. 18, 1110:02 AM

czarina, Vikings cannot sell shares to the public. The NFL grandfather the PAckers and ruled that going forward no NFL team can be publicaly owned. Secondly if I am correct if the Vikings build the stadium on their own then they would own it and all revenues would be theirs. The Gov has stated and the Vikings have agreed that the state will own the stadium and share in the revenues. If the Vikings owned it they wouldjust pay Taxes. And also they would be free to charge what everthey want for other organizations to use it. That would leave alot of schools and other organzations out in the cold. since the Metrodome is going to be sold to the UNiv of Minn for a medical center.

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wyovikingOct. 18, 1111:01 AM

There are a lot of things my tax dollars go to that I do not use. I think I will start a petition drive against all of those too. Build the stadium.

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