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Local Reaction to Vikings Stadium Bill Proposal

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 at 6:43 am

Picture 1801A group of legislators have a plan for a new Vikings stadium.  The blueprints were laid out Monday at the Capitol.  The plan is to fund the new facility through a tax on hotels, sports jerseys and rental cars.

The Vikings will contribute $264 million of the $791 million estimated price tag. Team officials say an open-roofed stadium would reduce the cost by over $200 million.

State Representative Tim Faust (DFL-Hinckley) says he’s on board, as long as a new stadium doesn’t mean new state taxes.

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The stadium proposal comes with just two weeks left in the legislative session, but Faust says that doesn’t mean there won’t be action.

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District 8B House Republican candidate Roger Crawford agrees.  He says he wants the legislature to put the stadium discussion on hold until the budget is balanced.

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State Rep. Jeremy Kalin (DFL- North Branch) is considering offering an amendment to the Vikings Stadium bill that, if passed, would create a fund to help finance athletic programs at public schools. Kalin serves on the House Local Government Division scheduled to hold the first hearing on the Vikings Stadium bill on Tuesday, May 4.

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