Gov. Dayton Asks For Ramsey County, Minneapolis To Finalize Stadium Proposals
On Thursday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton gave leaders in Minneapolis and Ramsey County one week to finalize their proposals on how they plan to build a new Vikings stadium so that he and state lawmakers can decide between the plans.
The Associated Press reports that Dayton sent letters to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Ramsey County Board Chairman Rafael Ortega. He requested “as much detailed information as possible” about how each would pay their local share of the costs, how ownership and operating structures would work, and arguments as to why their site is superior.
Dayton wrote that his request had been overseen by the two lead stadium bill sponsors in the state House and Senate.
Dayton said at an afternoon news conference that he hoped setting a deadline would return a sense of urgency to the issue in advance of the Jan. 24 start of the 2012 legislative session. The stadium debate is expected to dominate much of lawmakers’ initial attention in St. Paul in 2012.