Backups -- Vikings, county -- pondered for stadium funding

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 31, 2012 - 1:14 AM

A key legislator said the Vikings and Hennepin County may be tapped to back up charitable gambling money aimed at a stadium.

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member11Mar. 30, 1210:15 PM

Oh ho ho ho ho..........No no no no no...not on my watch baby.....uh-uh, ain't even coming close to happening. We're already paying for that Twins stadium they weaseled through without a vote.....absolutely no way. Don't even try to go there...just forget about it.

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drudgemonkeyMar. 30, 1210:30 PM

Arden Hills and Ramsey County, congratulations....it's YOURS!

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purplehoserMar. 30, 1210:39 PM

Theowers that be will do ANYTHING to keep the billion dollar taxpayer funded stadium alive so the 51% viking's owner and New Jersey resident extorionist billionaire can have even more money to take back to his home State of New Jersey year after year. What a complete sham!!!

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rshacklefordMar. 30, 1210:52 PM

"...Hoppe said options include excess Hennepin County sales tax money being collected to pay for the Twins' Target Field, which opened in 2010." ---- What?! There is excess tax money being collected?! Then you need to return that money to the taxpayer! Someone please send these 'brainiacs' more scotch tape, bandaids, and string. That is how their plan appears to be held together. Now, you're just throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. STOP working on this!

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fishanhunt2Mar. 30, 1210:56 PM

Robbing Peter to pay Paul again are we boys? And when the Convention Centre needs renovating or repairs? What then? Back to the well? (The Minneapolis Taxpayers?) There must be one vein out there somewhere to tap yet. How about the School Lunch Program for disadvantaged kids? Or maybe a statewide tax on Senior Citizen centers?

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ollie3Mar. 30, 1211:07 PM

I love the way the Strib writes the headline as if this is some new idea that people might get behind, but when you read the story the people involved have already plainly said "no." Though I'm sure we'll have yet another one of those cute little Dayton/Rybak press conferences (ya know with the 'laborers' in the background dressed in their construction costumes) announcing an 'agreement' for some kind of backup plan that nobody other than Dayton and Rybak themselves have agreed on.

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stoneageMar. 30, 1211:10 PM

"the Vikings and Hennepin County may be tapped to back up charitable gambling money"..............There is a typo in the headline. They mistakingly added Hennepin County.

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mark44Mar. 30, 1211:12 PM

Maybe the stadium should be in Carver County, so Hoppe's constituents can pay for it. Funny how the Republican legislators pushing this boondoggle always point to others to pay for it and the Democrats are too stupid to see it.

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RossbergMar. 30, 1211:20 PM

One way you can tell that you're at the end of a bad plan and out of time is that the ideas to salvage it become increasingly bizarre and ridiculous to the point of being impossible to implement. The only reason I can think of for their suggestions is some lamebrain idea that if the backup plans are absurd enough people will agree to go ahead without a backup plan. That might work if the electronic pulltab funding scheme, supported by a whopping 10% of the public, wasn't such a ridiculous idea from the start. No state has ever tried it so there's no history on which to base any projections or to determine the chances for it to be successful. So they wonder why nobody has any confidence in it? I can hardly wait for the Minneapolis public hearings on the stadium which I expect to be attended by people bearing torches and pitchforks. I can't even imagine what an equivalent Hennepin County hearing would be like if we get this dumped on us except that it might be a good time to stock up on tar and feathers.

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foofighter15Mar. 30, 1211:45 PM

purplehoser: "What a complete sham!!!" --- No matter which one you look at, all of the stadium proposals have been a sham from the get-go. A recent article by Tom Goldstein in one of the free City papers examined six of the most frequently touted so-called "benefits" of a new stadium and it blew every one of them out of the water. If a journalist working for a local free rag can spend a few minutes to dig up actual facts and figures, why can't our elected "representatives" do the same? Apparently, that's too much to ask. With how hard some of them are shilling, it's pretty obvious that certain "promises" have been made if a new stadium gets built at taxpayer expense. I'd love to see the tally of how much cash has been passed "round under the table" regarding the stadium negotiations.

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