New Vikings Stadium Not On Next Weeks Legislative Special Session Agenda
The Minnesota Vikings will have to wait a little longer for a new stadium, because legislators say it will not be on their agenda for a special session next week.
“There’s not a lot of support for cutting people off health care, cutting jobs, then turning around and authorizing bonding for a stadium,” said Rep. Michael Nelson, DFL-Brooklyn Park, a co-sponsor of the stadium bill.
Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, said that Gov. Mark Dayton may call a second special session later this year to deal with the stadium. “We will have a vote and we’ll work to get it passed,” Rosen said. “But if I tried to get a vote on it right now, I’d be strung up.”
Legislative leaders are still wrestling to get the rank-and-file votes needed for an overall budget that will end the state’s two-week government shutdown.
Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, spent most of her day attempting to work out details for a bonding bill of at least $500 million that was part of the leadership agreement. No one, she said, had mentioned including a Vikings stadium. “I think there is enough work to do just to get the basics of this [budget] deal together,” she said. As for the stadium? “I think it is an impossibility this special session.”
Dayton spokesman Katie Tinucci confirmed that Dayton on Friday said he would consider calling a special legislative session in the fall.
While Vikings fans crossed their fingers that the stadium deal would be brought up next week during the special session I don’t think many were shocked that its not. Dayton has made it clear that he is interested in getting a stadium deal passed but that the state budget is priority. Let’s deal with the budget so that we can figure out the stadium deal shortly after. SKOL VIKES!