Vikes Stadium Deal Still Hanging Around

Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 7:07 am

Much angling at the capitol over the past few days, but still no vote on a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. While the team was beginning to overhaul it’s roster in the 2012 NFL Draft, pro stadium legislators and Gov. Dayton continued to work at the arduous task of completing what would be the largest public works bill the state has ever seen.

As we sit, some powerful Republicans controlling the legislature are trying to keep the bill from even being voted on, instead saying that they’d prefer a global deal that would also address other issues they view as key. Other Republicans, like Sen. Julie Rosen the author of the bill, are saying that they believe the bill is good for Minnesota and deserves a vote.

Either way, legislators WCMP has talked to have said for weeks now that today (4/30) was initially targeted as the day the session would adjourn.

People in the state are very divided on the issue; many believe that using public money to subsidize a sport played by billionaires is flat out wrong. Others see the Vikings’ 51-year history, the construction jobs a stadium would create, tax revenues paid by the players, and the ongoing jobs in Vikings-related businesses as more than enough reasons to at least vote on the current bill.

Again, it is unknown if the bill would pass in either house, but the real question is will we see a vote? Today could be an important day, and we’ll keep you posted.

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