Mpls. council majority slows down Dome plan with call for vote

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 27, 2012 - 8:10 AM

Absent a referendum, seven on the Minneapolis City Council are opposed to the plan. A key legislator joined them.

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dlhoff16Jan. 26, 12 9:15 PM

I simply do not see any way that a Vikings stadium deal is going to get done this session. How can it when the majority party has stated time and again that they are opposed to any new taxes of any kind for any reason? I'm a life-long Vikings fan resigned to the fact that this team will not stay here much longer. I know that when the Vikings leave many people will want to blame Governor Dayton, but he has done all that he can possibly do to get a deal done. He can't sign a stadium bill unless the legislature gives him a bill to sign.

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buhbay1cJan. 26, 12 9:16 PM

At least RT is willing to stake his political career to the stadium, unlike those chicken-bleep city council members who don't have the guts to vote yes or no.

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rshacklefordJan. 26, 12 9:22 PM

"Sandra Colvin Roy, whose stance on the mayor's stadium plan was previously unknown, became the seventh member of the 13-member council standing against the proposal absent a citywide referendum." ---- Thank you for standing-up for the overwhelmingly approved referendum requirement! If Rybak can just circumvent that requirement, what was the value of the voters approving it overwhelmingly? None? I think not. And, if the convention center money can be 'moved,' then the convention center no longer needs the tax money so return it to the taxpayers! Don't play 'shuffle the taxes around' like we won't understand what you (Rybak) is doing. If Wilf wants to play in the dome this coming fall, force him to sign a 10-year lease! He tried to extort the citizens and it really angered a lot of us. Now, it should be our turn to play hard ball. He has no where to go with his team!

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indfserfdwdJan. 26, 12 9:23 PM

how pompous and arrogant can this guy be to declare that an item on the city's charter is null and void just because he says it is?

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allarson73Jan. 26, 12 9:29 PM

This is confusing. She is saying that she thinks a referendum is an order in order to support the bill. However, there is already a requirement that a referendum be done if we spend more than 10,000,000. Why then is the City Council even meeting on this issue? Why do their opinions matter? If they are completely powerless I don't really see the point.

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Martinson9Jan. 26, 12 9:37 PM

Last week Governor Dayton said it was first and goal at the 5. I think the stadium just got got sacked back at the 40!

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spetroskiJan. 26, 12 9:41 PM

Sandra Colvin Roy making part of her decision based on looking at "Occupy Minnesota"... Minneapolis must be proud!

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jtriceJan. 26, 12 9:57 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to those council members who had the guts and sense of civic responsibility to say no to a referendum override. The people will remember this issue and were these politicians stood ... and the people have already spoken; No more public funds for professional sports. We're broke.

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theidomecomJan. 26, 12 9:57 PM

Many have no clue on what IP is, and how to use it to attract investors..or how Steve Jobs saw the world of computers before the iPad was invented..We do have some that understand that Gov Dayton's 1/18 letter clearly said that this was the Peoples Stadium. It is good to see that 7 have that basic understanding! We have provided options for PRIVATE FUNDING with our iDome proposals which would FUND this project VERY QUICKLY with NO TAXPAYER DOLLARS. See The iDome dot com for more info.

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Tobias1Jan. 26, 1210:12 PM

Council Member Betsy Hodges said that's an important sign. "The reason that a referendum wouldn't pass is because people don't want it," Hodges said. - Hear, hear. Sometimes something complex is rather simple. - spetroski: "Sandra Colvin Roy making part of her decision based on looking at "Occupy Minnesota"... Minneapolis must be proud!" - Wilf belongs to the 0.1% and doesn't need public subsidies. If Occupy MN has helped to bring home that message, it has made a valuable contribution already.

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