Sid Hartman: Rep. Lanning says bill was nearly dead

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 12, 2012 - 11:45 PM
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cuso26May. 12, 12 8:05 PM

We already knew that.

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applejeffMay. 12, 12 9:09 PM

Seriously? They're going to be able to play baseball in this new football stadium? Interesting? It would be great to be able to build a baseball field into the plans, even if it doesn't include rearranging seating for 10s of 1,000s of fans.

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tmwinkel1May. 12, 1210:10 PM

Sure if odd how quickly this turned around after Goodell left town!

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ottlukkMay. 12, 1210:53 PM

Perhaps Mr. Reich will stick with principle, and point out that the senate told the city of Minneapolis that their charter is a fairy tale when it comes to the wishes of the rich and powerful, who offer only "fairy dust" from the taxpayers wallets to pay for a billion dollar office that the Vikings/NFL could easily have paid for themselves. I can only imagine the pressure on Mr. Reich to sell out the taxpayers of the city of Minneapolis, not to mention the state. I suggest he demand the city of Minneapolis retain all revenue rights from "naming" before he signs off on this.

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wisstinks2May. 12, 1211:15 PM

The MN legislature looked like fools on national TV because they could not make up their minds. This vote took too much effort and drama. Kinda like Farve all over again just a little more money involved. This dam thing better have a roof. Get a roof.

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BallFourMay. 12, 1211:44 PM

Heck, the deal wasn't ever dead. Not in March. Not in April. And certainly not at "the 11th hour." There was never any question that the Vikings were getting a stadium.

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erikj3May. 13, 1212:56 AM

You'd think a former college dean would care more about education than throwing money at a billionaire who doesn't even live here. Guess not.

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kivirl4May. 13, 12 4:42 AM

At least three things totally wrong about this: Wilf was no doubt tickled when all he had to do was kick in $50 mill more. This shill Lanning made it sound like they, through tough negotiating got every last dollar out of Wilf. Rubbish.! Second, the NFL Commissioners visit had EVERYTHING to do with the passage BEfore that, the bill was on its way to sure defeat. After that, our spineless starstruck legislators were falling in line like little soldiers, and the momentum totally changed. Third, if the pull tabs do bring in required revenue, its not exactly all new revenue. Some of it may be, but others will be money that will no longer be played on other Minnesota Lotto games, thereby pulling money away from other state programs. And yes, some of the gambling proceeds will be taking money away from families that need it the most - their choice, but ultimatley the govt will step in to help these families. I am sure it wont happen, but would be nice if one Minneapolis council member had the cajones to take a brave and principled stand and not vote for this without city referendum.

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kivirl4May. 13, 12 4:45 AM

good point Ottluck. The city should at least get all or half of the naming rights to recoup their contribution. I am not a city of Minneapols resident, so that part does not effect me personally. But if Minneapolis makes a contribution, they should get to recoup profits.. Yea, yea, I know, higher revenues to city via taxes on restauratns, hotels, stuff we have already and would have had - Zygi wasnt moving. But Minneapolis should get some real return

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geezeMay. 13, 12 6:45 AM

Thowing away the Met is just plane wrong. Being black mailed by a billonaire from the east coast is just stupid.

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