Dayton To Give Vikings Special Legislative Session For New Stadium?
The imbecilic Legislature and stubborn Gov. Mark Dayton made many people suffer during the state’s two-week government shutdown and took the easy way out when they finally did face their problems. So Vikings owner Zygi Wilf probably should have realized that he would not see a stadium bill passed when a special session is held to address the budget crisis.
Yes, politicians showed a lot of courage to get the job done with that proposed deal to deprive schools of $700 million and then borrow money on the tobacco fund.
Once a special session is called to end the shutdown and address the budget crisis, a Vikings stadium bill is not likely to be on the docket. Stadium backers say it’s possible that Dayton will call a second session later this year to address the stadium issue.
Unfortunately, the Vikings never have worked harder or spent more money lobbying to get a stadium on their favored Arden Hills site, but the lobby for Indian tribes and their very profitable slot machines and other gambling devices continues to outspend everybody else.
It is amazing that even though the public is almost 100 percent in favor of some type of gambling bill that would earn millions of dollars to solve a lot of the problems facing the state, the geniuses over in St. Paul favored the Native American big lobby.
However, I believe the Vikings will get a stadium if a special session is called this fall, when the football season is on and the great force of Vikings fans, faced with the real possibility of losing the team, will have a different attitude about the need for a stadium.
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I think Sid Hartman nailed it perfectly. If the Vikings get a special session called for them during the beginning of the season they have a even better chance of a stadium bill getting passed. If the Vikings start off hot it will help them even more. While Minnesota may have some very fickle fans, everyone is in high spirits in the beginning of the season. With a couple big wins this season a lot of fans that disagree with building a new stadium may change their tune.