Schafer: Taconite for stadium? It's a made-up controversy

  • Article by: LEE SCHAFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 27, 2013 - 6:54 PM

It’s turning out to be not that easy to build a football stadium in Minneapolis out of Minnesota taconite.

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rshacklefordNov. 27, 13 8:02 PM

OK Lee. Go ahead and use the same taconite economic argument when 2,000 workers drive up from El Paso. There will be no loss to Minnesota and you will support their employment, right?

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joe_mnNov. 27, 13 9:26 PM

So 2000 tradesman who will work on the stadium will come from out of state?

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farcicalNov. 27, 1310:05 PM

rshack - yes, so long as everyone is legally allowed to work in this country, it shouldn't matter one's origin. In the USA, people are allowed to freely move within its borders for whatever reason; work, family, medical need, etc.

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jhb8426Nov. 27, 1310:28 PM

One would think that Mr. Rukavina would know how the steel business works. Looks like he was just pandering to the boys on da range.

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marketerNov. 27, 1311:54 PM

"So 2000 tradesman who will work on the stadium will come from out of state?" ...............Possibly. I worked construction for 45 years. If we have good employment (4.8%) they may have to bring in travelers. Some of the money will circulate in our economy but a lot will migrate immediately to the workers home state.

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texas_technomanNov. 28, 13 6:21 AM

I wouldn't worry too much about overpriced beer and dogs. Most of us mere mortals won't be able to afford to set one foot into the Wilf Taf Mahal.

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birdpeepNov. 28, 1312:11 PM

he economic realities of coommodities and where they come from is well known and accepted. However, in this case, one billion dollars of Minnesota taxpayer money is building this stadium, and the taxpayers of Minnesots should be the ones receiving the contracts, not the freeloaders in Europe. We already pay for their defense needs, we don't need to subsidize their Socialist welfare state with our money.

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RankenFyleNov. 28, 13 6:47 PM

It's amazing how politicians are granted so much leeway with government finances when they can't even grasp the basic concepts of free market economics. As soon as their ignorance is called out, they scream media bias. Good article, Lee, wish there were more reporters of your kind.

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chazzboNov. 29, 1310:08 AM

Rukavina may indeed not understand commodities, but more likely he doesn't care, because he understands politics and that's what he practices. Good local beer and dogs are not commodities, however, but subject to consumer choice. And placement in stadiums is also a marketing opportunity for these local products. The playing field is often not level in these venues as the mass brands are buying their places.

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ificantucantNov. 29, 13 2:00 PM

Wow. Another article on something that could be used to pay for or build the billion dollar debacle. So many things that will pay for THE PEOPLES STADIUM, yet none of them do anything except make the taxpayers more upset. Wondering what line of BS will be fed to the taxpayer next to build your billion dollar stadium. Wondering what new taxes will be suggested to bilk more money out of our taxpayers pockets. By the way. How much money has been made so far for the new taxes on cigarettes. Will this truly be the epulltab lifesaver?

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