Timeline: When Will Stadium Debate Begin At Capitol?

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Vikings stadium debate is rallying this week. Lawmakers postponed a meeting they were supposed to have on Monday but Gov. Mark Dayton still wants to hear from them.

Dayton says he wants all of the stadium ideas written down on paper and given to him by the end of the week.

Then he will take a very close look at them. After that, in about two weeks, Dayton is going to put together a bill and give it to the legislator so they can actually debate it — including where the stadium will go and who will pay for it.

This will be the first time lawmakers will actually get something in their hands about the Vikings stadium that they’ll be able to study and argue about it.

Then comes the hard part — it’s not going to be over the river and through the woods for a lot of these lawmakers at Thanksgiving. The governor wants them back in St. Paul to vote on a stadium once and for all.

Late last week, the Vikings rejected the most recent offer from some lawmakers that involved buying the Metrodome for one dollar.

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  1. LET'S TALK ABOUT NO NEW TAXES!!! LOWER PROPERTY TAXES!! says:

    THEY SUCK !!! LET’S BUY STOCK IN GREEN BAY PACKERS !!! MONEY BETTER SPENT !! LOWER TAXES DON’T RAISE THEM !!! THIS STATE CAN NOT AFFORD THEM !! IF THEY LEAVE THAT IS THE WAY IT IS !! THEY CAN STAY IN THE DOME FOR $1 NEW TURF NEW ROOF ????? ZIPPY JUST WILL NOT MAKE AS MUCH !!! SEE YA JARRODDD DA ALLLAN !! HA HA HA !! 1-7 NEXT WEEK !! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSEERS !!!

  2. angus says:

    Has anyone noticed how WCCO radio and tv act as public info officers for the Vikings and Twins? (I was polite and did not say pimps.) You do not hear anything from groups that are against a new stadium. The issue is always the lead story, all the dire warnings about the team leaving, etc. etc. etc.

    Wonder if this is why the good reporters and announcers are bailing out for other jobs or retirement. They have standards.

    1. touche says:

      That’s a very astute observation, angus. I have previously made comments similar to yours but they seem to have been not posted by the editors here.

      As recently as Holly Wagner’s report on this morning’s news, WCCO makes it appear that the whole of MN is behind building the Vikings a new stadium; there wasn’t a single word spoken about opposition to it.

      As I’ve stated before, there are at least six billion and 51 reasons why a new stadium should not be funded by the public. For those who haven’t heard any news in the past ten years, the six billion refers to the amount of unresolved debt the state of MN still has and the 51 refers to the number of years the Vikings have been in existence without winning a single super bowl.

      It would be pure insanity to use public funds to build them a new stadium, especially with the economic conditions being what they are.

    2. jan says:

      I have been thinking the same thing

  3. justasking says:

    “Economic growth in Minnesota is slowing to the point that Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature will likely have to overcome another budget deficit, state economist Tom Stinson told lawmakers” (http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/06/state-likely-to-face-another-deficit/).

    Gov. Dayton is suggesting the Legislature consider the stadium issue before Thanksgiving. Economic Forecasts from the Minnesota Management & Budget Agency are due out after Thanksgiving. Wouldn’t it be prudent to wait until that information is out, or would bad economic news be inconvenient to be made public for those promoting the stadium?

    Just asking?

    1. Jason says:

      @justasking . No purely coincidence. [sacasm]

  4. Zing says:

    Not interested in the Vikes or a stadium. It’s a waste of time, money and effort at a time when it’s simply not important in the big picture. They can have the dome if they want to stay otherwise, let them go.

  5. Jason says:

    1. Wilf use your money to build a stadium not mine. 2. Continue to use the metrodome. 3. Leave.

    1. Walter says:

      They could also use TCF stadium. It just sits empty on Sundays.

      1. Tony Benjamin says:

        how many people voted for that stadium, how did they finance it, how do the gophers mean more than the vikings?

    2. iknowit says:

      1. Clueless. 2. Out of the question 3. In your dreams

  6. Darin Burns says:

    Find a way to build a stadium with a combination of user fees, racino, and the Vikings contribution. No general fund money. I would think that would make most Minnesotans happy. I know that .a .05 tax on every $10 spent is TRULY crippling to most of our budgets so that is out of the question. Maybe take any extra funds and put it into more social programs for all of those folks who ride the Greyhound from Chicago once a month to pick up their welfare checks then head back to Illinois.

    1. iknowit says:

      Brilliant! Now if we could get someone to stand up and do their job instead of turning their heads the other way. The stadium is the least of this state’s problems!

  7. Craig Thompson says:

    Well, who signed? The, last contract? To, put The Vikings, in The Metrodome(Hubert H. Humphery). I think keeping,The Vikings is a great idea!

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