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Keep the money in the bank and let the T-Wolves pay for it themselves. I would like to know how many upgrades we have paid for.
The city was stupid for buying the Target Center in the first place. It serves no public purpose and amounts to a gift to the billionaire owner, Glen Taylor. The city should just hand the deed over to the Timberwolves and let them do whatever thy want with it. I can guarantee you that the improvements wouldn't be nearly as extensive if the Wolves had to pay for it themselves.
What is the discussion? If the basketball players need something extravagant they are welcome to it. But why would somebody other than the timberwolves pay for it? What a scam these sports clubs pull on us. They are nothing but scummy welfare cheats.
While we are at it. The public should not fund the Guthrie, Walker, Institute of Arts, Orchestra, or any other arts venues. The working man does not have time or money to watch ballerinas.
Just pass another sales tax to pay for the renovations. We bought the Twins a new stadium, are buying the Vikings a new stadium, built the Gophers a new stadium, are buying the Saints a new stadium, etc. etc. etc. Just put another tax on it. And while you are at it, put another tax for the Minnesota orchestra and the SPCO. What's another .25%? Just keep adding them in. The politicians just see us as ATM's.
"mrprogressive: While we are at it. The public should not fund the Guthrie, Walker, Institute of Arts, Orchestra, or any other arts venues. The working man does not have time or money to watch ballerinas." ---- Sounds like an EXCELLENT IDEA! Pull the hundreds of millions (rather BILLIONS) in public funding out from under the uber-wealthy NFL and other pro team owners who don't want to pay for anything. Then, pull the public funding for the places you named above. Lets see which receives private funding first to keep them running. I can bet you that Wilf will not hop onto his jet with a billion dollar private check in hand to deliver to Dayton! And, I see thousands of working men spending their time and money to watch ballerinas prance around each Sunday. The performers wear purple and gold.
You guys are aware that the timberwolves have brought the state over 100 million in ticket sales tax revenue? Claiming that of the timberwolves left the city would be better off, ignores the income that we do receive.
Minneapolis needs a complete change in city government. Rybak isn't running but we need to get rid of meg tuthill and the rest of the city council and stop these give aways to pro sports.
Yes give no money to sports teams...then we have city like Arden hills. They have a big plot of land with nothing to fill it.
A Renovation of Target Center is a waste of money, it will sell no tickets or bring events to DT Mpls. because like the Metrodome it is antiquated. New Arenas around the country have been packing in crowds for concerts and other events adding revenue tax dollars for their city and if we build a new arena the Gophers can play there, helps recruiting, until they can decide what to do with Williams Arena. The new Target Center should be a part of a Rejuvenation Plan for Downtown Minneapolis. Business Leaders?
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