Dayton Would Support Vikings Stadium Referendum

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he would support letting Ramsey County voters weigh in on a proposed sales tax increase for a new Vikings stadium.

Stadium backers have been working on a plan that would not allow voters a say in building a Vikings stadium in Arden Hills. At the Star Tribune’s State Fair booth Monday, Dayton told fairgoers he thinks there are a lot of unanswered questions about Arden Hills.

Even though Hennepin County built Target Field without a referendum, Dayton says a countywide vote now might be appropriate.

Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett tells Minnesota Public Radio News a referendum is a potential deal-killer.

Bennett says the question wouldn’t be on a ballot until 2012, and the Vikings may not be willing to put up with the delay.

Viking vice president of stadium affairs Lester Bagley points out that similar projects, such as Target Field, were not subject to a public vote.

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  1. NO TAXES!!!!! says:

    VOTE BECAUSE THIS BULL S-IT WILL NEVER GO!!!!!! LET WILF PAY!!! LEAVE!! YOUR DONE JUST LIKE T-PAW!!!! WILF AND THE OVER PAID PLAYERS CAN GO TO L.A. BYE BYE!!! METRO DOME LOOKS GREAT, NEW ROOF GOOD FOR 25YRS NEW TURF!! THE PLAYERS ARE OVER PAID!!! SUCK IT UP!! J-ALLEN!!!

  2. Ted says:

    The NFL generates more revenue than MLB/NBA/NHL. It would be a travesty to lose the Vikings

  3. Bruce says:

    It’s time for our eleced officials to do what they campaigned for and were elected to do: as representatives of the citizens, make the hard decisions. If all the difficult decisions are going to be made by the democratic process of referendum, you elected officials need to get out of Dodge, or whatever gerrymander elected you and let the people, all the people, make the laws and give away the money. Or maybe we the people would keep the money tightly held in our conservative fiscal fists. Wouldn’t that be and interesting change?

    1. ez says:

      The state constitution calls for a referendum when taxes are raised on a county level. The crooks in the legislature made up a way to get around it. So they are not doing their job, this really needs to be voted on the the people.

  4. Get Real says:

    What part of this state is broke doesn’t anyone understand? If I open my own business the government is not going to give me a building on the tax payers dime. Guess what the Vikings are a business. They can build their own stadium. And before anyone gives me that crock about jobs…..Well anyone starting up a business creates jobs. I am totally fed up with everyone wanting a handout.

  5. JB2 says:

    If Target Field didn’t need a referendum, why should a Vikings stadium?

  6. JB46 says:

    Why should the Vikings statium need a vote if Target Field didn’t? Doesn’t seem fair.

    1. Jason says:

      Its not fair to stick the taxpayors with the bill. Corporate welfare is as bad as public welfare.

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