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Vikings stadium bill needs discussion

April 18, 2012
The Journal

It is disappointing that the Vikings Stadium issue didn't make it past the House Government Operations and Elections Committee Monday. The panel voted 9-6 against sending the bill to the House without recommendation. The committee members wouldn't have been making a recommendation, just sending it to the House floor for debate and possibly a vote.

This is an issue that can use debate. It has been sitting, ignored, for a dozen years. It has come to a critical junction. The Vikings' lease at the Metrodome has run out, and they have committed to play one more season in hopes that a stadium deal can be worked out.

After the Monday vote, it will probably have to be next year. There is not time in the next three weeks that the Legislature will be in session to revive it this year.

The current plan for the stadium calls for a significant investment by the Vikings, and for the state's share to be paid through means besides taking money from the state's general fund, instead using expanded gambling revenues. The City of Minneapolis will be the local partner, and the sticking point there is the city charter that requires a referendum vote for professional sports projects that exceed $10 million in cost.

There seems to be many details remaining to be worked out. We hope the parties involved can solidify their plans and come to next year's session with a workable proposal.

 
 

 

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