MN House Committee Advances Stadium Bill, Push Merely Ceremonial?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 6:01 am

After receiving a kick in the pants last week in a House committee, the move to get the Minnesota Vikings a new stadium proved last night that it isn’t dead just yet. A Minnesota House committee revived the Vikings stadium subsidy last night and moved the measure one step closer to votes by the full House and Senate.

On Monday night the House Ways and Means Committee advanced the $975 million, downtown Minneapolis stadium bill. Its next stop is likely to be a vote by the full House. A companion to the House bill is moving in the Senate.

The Rules Committee kept it alive in that chamber Monday.

Even though the bill is still alive at the Legislature it continues to draw significant opposition from state lawmakers from both parties.

In the House hearing, a number of lawmakers expressed concern that tax revenue from an expansion of gambling might not cover the cost of stadium bonds as promised. For the Vikings it’s not worth getting their hopes up here. Legislators WCMP has talked to believe this push is ceremonial and meant to look like work is still ongoing. It would be viewed a as a bit of a victory if either of the houses of the legislature actually took a vote on it though, so we’ll see where things go from here. Gov. Dayton has long insisted that a final solution likely wouldn’t get done until the 11th hour. The current legislative session could end as soon as next Monday.

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