Vikings stadium bill likely next week

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 5, 2012 - 9:11 PM

Legislators say complicated bill probably won't have passed muster with interested parties in time to be introduced this week.

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lars92Mar. 5, 12 9:30 PM

Just get it done. The Vikings offered to pay for the entire stadium in Anoka county in 2005 Under that plan the state was only required to kick in for roads and the county was paying for the retractable roof. So can we please stop this chant of Wilf should pay for it himself. The Vikings offered and the state said no. And the state can prevent him from building it on his own since they control the zoning laws. Just get it done so the legislature can go home and we can stop paying their per diem

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drudgemonkeyMar. 5, 12 9:33 PM

Minneapolis CIty Council has plenty of reason to vote "NO' rendering consideration by the Legislature of any bill a moot point. Find a statewide funding source, leave the counties and municipalities out of it. Put it where you like, including Arden Hills or Duluth, for that matter. Minneapolis can't afford the financial exposure, referendum or not.

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kivirl4Mar. 5, 12 9:50 PM

dayton thinks the Minneapolis city council is short sighted for wanting a referendum? > What part of a referendum bothers Dayton? Talk about arrogant and tone deafness.

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irelandguyMar. 5, 12 9:53 PM

Governor Dayton needs a remedial math course.

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ottlukkMar. 5, 1210:08 PM

Here's your "new financing plan". Have the Vikings & the NFL pay for it, with no tax dollars whatsoever. If, however, any council member rolls over to the dark side, how about the state owning 50% of the tean for their 50% contriution? (spare me the NFL won't allow it -- what are they, a sovreign nation?). Further, about the "naming rights" "negotiated behind closed doors" (ever wonder why the doors were closed?) What's the value of those "naming rights"? The $100 million over seven years to pay a single Viking employee? Enquiring minds want to know. Even my cats aren't as gullible as Gov Dayton ad his dogs.

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mnpls123Mar. 5, 1210:09 PM

Mpls annual city budget is 1.36 BILLlION. Are they saying they can't find a few million a year for one of the largest tourist draws in our city? Vikes are paying half for 10 days a year and the taxpayers are paying 1/2 for 355 days of use. Seems like a fair deal to me.

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furguson11Mar. 5, 1210:22 PM

Good luck Minneapolis. The state is happy to collect your sales and income taxes, cut your lga and have you fund a stadium for a billionaire for a state team. Good luck with that. I'll be going out where I don't have to pay for parking and an 11 percent sales tax.

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ltdgvmtmavenMar. 6, 1212:07 AM

1) Dayton is the one who is short-sighted
2) I have a better plan than Dayton. The Vikings continue to use the Metrodome. If they want it upgraded, THEY pay for it.
3) Financial viability of the Vikings is the problem of Zygi Wilf, not that of the taxpayer.

The awful bipartisan legal plunder of the taxpayer continues. Who will stand up for the taxpayer? Are we supposed to show up with pitchforks to send a message to these corrupt politicians?

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eljayeffMar. 6, 12 5:59 AM

Viking stadium-bill. Kinda says it all doesn't it.

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fishanhunt2Mar. 6, 12 6:47 AM

"Shortsighted", "Unfit to govern"? Sounds like the kettle calling the pot black to me! You would think a Governor would want to work at building bridges, not further alienate those with differing views. Throw a little more gas on the fire Governor Veto, then another tantrum when you don't get your way?

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