Vikings stadium caught in Capitol stare down

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 7, 2012 - 1:10 PM

With the legislative session in its final days, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislators dug in their heels over taxes and a bonding bill.

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kenw1952wApr. 29, 12 9:42 PM

Zellers seems to enjoy playing political russian roulette. I just don't see where his risk is worth the potential reward. He is already the post powerful Republican legislator but if the stadium issue fails, he will be most directly held responsible come the next election.

irishdemApr. 29, 12 9:58 PM

GOP will adjourn the session then go home where they belong. They have now destroyed this legislative session and Viking's fans hopes. They have lost the trust of the people, destroyed jobs, and they need to go home and never come back.

rshacklefordApr. 29, 1210:01 PM

Please forward the following information to our legislators who are arguing over how to blow millions in taxpayer dollars: "Florida State Senator Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton) and State Rep. Frank Artilles (R-Miami) have introduced bills to demand Florida’s professional sports franchises to either start housing homeless folks in their stadiums and arenas, or give back the hundreds of millions of dollars they have received from the state." and "The law Bennett refers to is a provision of a 1988 statute requiring teams that take state money to convert to homeless shelters when the teams aren’t playing. In the 23 years the law has been in existence; it has never been enforced." Well now, I've just found an excellent use for all of our sports arenas when PRIVATE FOR-PROFIT TEAMS are not playing there, huh? Oh yeah, send a copy of this to GOODELL, the NFL's Chief Extortionist.

kopp5040Apr. 29, 1210:05 PM

As a lifelong fan and as a person that spends alot of money on travel to the Twin Cities, this needs to get done now. It is very short sighted to delay this any longer! Don't play political games with this issue. The stadium directly benefits the people of Minnesota and is part of the fabric of the community.

ottlukkApr. 29, 1210:09 PM

Here's the major problem with this bill: "NFL bylaws prohibit". What do they prohibit? Taxpayers getting their money back when a team is sold at multiples of the money they were coerced into putting into a playground for billionaires and their millionare employees. How did the NFL become a sovereign state that supercedes the charter of the city of Minneapolis? When did the NFL "bylaws" become superior to the city charter? And why are our elected representatives following those "bylaws", instead of ordinances passed by their own taxpayers?

gfishbachApr. 29, 1210:14 PM

Don't want it, don't need it. It's time to vote NO and put an end to this craziness. My main objection is the amount of the contribution by public tax dollars. If the Vike's had made a more reasonable and realistic request they would not be facing so much resistance and opposition.

eaglesApr. 29, 1210:16 PM

If Jerry Jones can personal fund a $1 BILLION stadium for his Cowboys than Wilf can fund one for the Vikings. Hang in there legislators. Don't put the MN taxpayers on the hook for Wilf's new playground!

rshacklefordApr. 29, 1210:17 PM

"If user fees replaced public subsidies for the stadium, "I would guess 99 percent of the public opposition [to the stadium] would go away," Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, a longtime critic of stadium public subsidies, said Sunday." ---- EXACTLY! Spooner's exuberance clearly indicates that Wilf's Team fans would be more than happy to financially support their entertainment, right?

luxaeternaApr. 29, 1210:17 PM

I don't want a single penny of taxes forcibly taken from my hard-earned income to go to a football team or their stadium. Got it?

stoneageApr. 29, 1210:19 PM

The accompanying picture is reason enough to divert any stadium funding to higher, elementary education.


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