Vikings Stadium Bill Struggling To Get Support Before May 23rd
ST. PAUL — The Senate author of the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium bill remains optimistic that the Legislature can find a way to finance a stadium even though time is running out on the session and the proposal has not had a single committee hearing.
Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, said legislators are discussing the proposal and she said there is a good chance the bill will start receiving committee hearings in the coming days.
“There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes,” she said. “I’m very optimistic.”
Bills by Rosen and Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, would use taxes on sports memorabilia and allow local governments to raise taxes to help support a new stadium. Team owners would be required to pay at least a third of a stadium cost, although Gov. Mark Dayton has said he would like the Vikings to pay more than that.
The Legislature faces a May 23 adjournment date, with much of the time needed to finish writing a state budget.
The Vikings want a stadium plan approved because their Metrodome lease expires after next season and they will not renew it.
Andrew Tellijohn is a Twin Cities freelance writer who reports for the Bulletin and other Forum Communications Co. newspapers. the original source can be found here.
MNVikingsBlog Analysis: The Vikings are definitely fighting an up hill battle to get state wide support for this bill. It’s no secret that the lease at the HHH Metrodome expires after this upcoming season. One side is going to have to give a little in order to make this new stadium work. At this point it doesn’t look like the state of Minnesota is budging much. Hopefully the two sides can meet in the middle and come up with an agreement. I personally think the “racino” option needs to be picked up.