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House Majority Leader Thissen On Vikes Stadium, Bonding Bill (Audio)

Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 7:49 am

Earlier in the week we told you that the bill to get the Minnesota Vikings a new stadium had hit a huge wall in a Minnesota House committee. With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell coming to town to visit Gov. Mark Dayton the pressures on this situation are mounting.

Democratic House Minority Leader Paul Thissen made a motion on the House floor to move the Minnesota Vikings stadium bill forward on Thursday by referring the bill to the House Taxes committee. Republicans tabled the motion, preventing the stadium bill from moving forward.

Thissen released a statement saying he made the motion so that the legislation gets a serious chance instead of simply giving up and casting blame. Thissen continued…

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To raise the stakes even more, ESPN reports that Vikings owner Zygi WIlf’s plane has been seen in Los Angeles this week, causing some to speculate that Wilf may be considering the sale of the team. The Vikings lease at the metrodome ended back in January, so technically the team has lots of options. Today could be a very interesting day of developments. Vikings fans and people that work in the many industries affected positively by the team are sitting on pins and needles. The NFL Draft is also less than a week away.

A vote took place down in St. Paul on a small bonding bill that would fund only improvements at the capitol. Democrats didn’t approve of the bill the republicans put forth. Here’s Rep. Thissen again.

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