Gov. Dayton Balks At New Taxes To Fund Vikings Stadium

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – The plans to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings whether it be in Minneapolis or Arden Hills, hit a significant stumbling block Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Gov. Mark Datyon and legislative leaders said there is no support for a sales tax increase to fund the stadium unless voters have their say in a referendum.

The move essentially takes using sales taxes as a means to help fund the stadium off the table. On the surface it would seem to be a setback for a Vikings stadium in Arden Hills. But the Vikings said Arden Hills is not off the table.

Only a county sales tax to pay for it is off the table. Gov. Dayton said lawmakers are now looking at other funding sources for a stadium. The one with the most support: Electronic pull tab machines in bars around the state.

“I think the electronic pull tabs probably has the most promise at this point in terms of broad enough support in this legislature,” Dayton said. “I dont speak for the legislative leaders, they have to speak for themselves and their members. My sense is that it’s the most immediately available and plausible source right now.”

Dayton said this is not a setback, but rather a step forward.

In the world of politics it’s actually better to eliminate the options that don’t work, and focus on the ones that might.

Dayton still plans to introduce a bill for a Vikings stadium that can be discussed among legislative leaders before it would go to vote in a special session later this month, shortly before Thanksgiving.

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  • Rockfish

    Not a problem, they are working on a solution. Thank you legislators for doing the job your were elected to do.

  • Brandon

    Thank you state government.

  • Matt

    how about give the Stadium an onsite tax of like 2% all sales and services have a 2% tax!

    • Swamp Rat

      Great Idea! Now that’s having the new stadium pay for itself. A user’s tax on the premises etc.; it works in other cities.

  • Danny Ocean

    STATE RUN CASINO!!! My god how hard is it to realize that is the easiest solution…. Everyone wants it

    • Maddog

      The tribes who have a lot of power and money sure don’t want it. And they get what they want. Send the losers to LA.

    • Dale

      By far the best way to go. What a bunch of fools in the capital.

    • Dancing Queen

      Not everyone!

    • Dave Campbell

      Sorry Danny! That’s not even close to true!

    • Geronimo

      I don’t want it.

  • maxey

    Hello Los Angeles.

  • j speedbag 64

    i wan’t the same for the guthrie ,the zoo,walker art center,no free money for these worthless places,what a lousy goverment we have in minnesota

    • zippy

      effu speedbump.

    • Kyle Weaver

      then leave

    • Frankie

      The Guthrie was a one time funding of 25 million. The Walker is privately funded. The Minnesota Zoo is funded about 6 million a year and is free for many schools. So let the state give the Vikings 25 million to build the stadium and infrastructure, support them further with whatever 6 million will bond at the stellar AA rating, We can watch the face of Ziggy turn puple

    • Jake

      You hit the nail right on the head, speedbag, otherwise, you wouldn’t have gotten such a negative response. Geez, the people in MN are SO STUPID.

  • zyppisuks

    Bye bye zippy. Don’t call or write.

    • Kyle Weaver

      zippi? did you break out of a mental institution?

  • Ziggy Wilf


    • Kyle Weaver


  • The State is better off today.

    Thank You Governor and Legislature. You did the right thing.

    No public money for a private enterprise. Firefighters are getting laid off in St Paul and other communities in the State are suffering.. It is impossible to justify this building with our tax money.

    • The Fan

      What about the twins?

      • Jim

        What about ’em?

        • The Fan

          They received money in the form of a state sponsered sales tax. They are no more deserving of that increase than the Vikings.

          • debs

            We are talking about NOW…NOT the past and not another team. Don’t compare apples to oranges! The vikings are whining about leaving…let them!

            • Get educated

              No they dont want to leave. The might be forced to leave though if something cant be put together.

              • L.A. Vikings in2013

                No one is FORCING them to stay they will leave because the owner want to.

  • WhatBS

    This is a move to make suly inre the new stadium goes in Minneapolis.
    Rybek blows Dayton and he comes up with this which is a smoke screen for some other angle. The people don’t know what it is yet but it won’t be long before we find out.
    Bottom line is, there will be a new Vikings Stadium, it will be in Minneapolis and the people of Minnesota will pay for it, probably indirectly but we will pay for it.

  • joe

    The best place for a new stadium is in MInneapolis. It has the infrastructure to handle the crowds. Arden Hills doesn’t have the capacity to handle the traffic. Ziggy wants it there so that he can develop new shopping malls–just what we need more of.

    I don’t like the idea of an out-of town owner making big decision like this. We should do what is best for the state. Keeping the Vikings here is good for Minnesota but it should be in Minneapolis or St. Paul–not Arden Hills.

    • me

      THe place for a new stadium is in LOS ANGELES. Bye bye Ziggy.

  • sigh of relief

    Dayton has suprised me here. I thought he was going to be onboard for tax increases for the stadium. I feel public money should not go toward the stadium ever and especially given the reality of the economy. I expected the Rep controlled legislature to do the right thing but didn’t expect Dayton to.

  • Keith C.

    0.5 % sales tax is simply pennies. If Minnesota looses the Vikings because of a
    Govenor and Legislature that is so stupid. Minnesota will loose much more than pennies,

    • Jan

      pennies? Give me a break. I spend money on cars, car repairs, home appliances, lawn service and a one half cent sales tax is not pennies, it adds up to quite a sum.

    • Maddog

      Yea a losing team.

    • 12 men in the huddle

      Where does it end?? What if someone would rather have their pennies go towards improving schools, preservation of wildlife, or to bridge repair and inspection…….just to name a few??? I’d much rather have my tax money go toward improving schools than some lame football team that hasn’t done a dang thing since their inception (0-4 in Super Bowls, the “whizzinator”, the boat ride, 12 men in the huddle, take a knee, the Herschel Walker trade, etc, etc..).
      If I want that much more laughter in my life, I’ll go to a local comedy club.

  • Sue

    I don’t know why anyone is surprised at this “news.” Mark Dayton says what he thinks people want to hear and then when things go wrong (e.g., government shut down) he points the finger of blame at the legislators and calls it “playing politics.” He is preparing the ground work for when the Vikings leave because they can no longer be profitable in this state. First, by saying he believes that they will leave if they don’t get a new stadium; second, by saying he’s prepared to call a special session to get this voted on once and for all, but not until there’s a viable stadium plan including the means to pay for the state’s share; and finally, by saying that he is against tax increases to pay for the stadium, essentially saying that all of the options proposed thus far are not acceptable, so no special session. This way, he’s the Governor who fought hard for the Vikings to stay, but in the end, he couldn’t in good conscience get behind raising taxes on the people of Minnesota in this “tough economy” so he had to tell the team it was a “no go” and if they felt they had to move the team, so be it. He’s so transparent it’s not even funny! Plus, that vacant/disturbed look in his eyes really does not inspire confidence in me … just sayin’!

    • Marcus B

      You make no sense whatsoever.

  • rcunningham

    Can’t believe all the people on here that are glad that the Vikings may leave.

    I for one will always love and support this team, no matter how much they lose. Winning and losing doesn’t mean much to me, so long as they entertain me every Sunday, and they do.

    I will gladly pay taxes for a new Vikings stadium. I’m sorry the rest of you don’t feel that way.

    • Jack Noff

      Maybe so, but you are a dhead.

      • rcunningham

        Why? Because I support the Vikings? Sorry for being a fan I guess.

  • zippy w

    Go Vikes, GO!!!!! All the way to California!!

  • enveloper

    Say good bye to the Vikings, they will be crying in 3 years for a new team

  • 12 men in the huddle

    Just leave already!!! It’s unbelievable how these owners of pro sports teams take the public hostage. What other business tries to extort money from the public to finance their own operations (and I’m not referring to non-profit businesses)?? Do they raise taxes when Target or Best Buy wants to open new stores, or if General Mills or Land O Lakes were to want to build new headquarters?? At least one can buy stock in local companies if they wish. Besides, what does the public get out of their investment besides a mediocre team with a checkered past??

    • jackactionhero

      Your comment had no merit whatsoever.

  • A new place to "play"

    They can get arrested in Calif and maybe no one will notice.

  • Swamp Rat


    Hey, sports fans! Read Matt’s comments about a 2% on-site tax which is in essence a users’ tax for the new stadium. With spectator’s and the lessee paying this tax and with on-site/area casino gambling etcetera just think how fast it could be paid off. When the stadium is paid for it really starts making money/revenues for the state coffers. Make the Wilfs and the users pay for it without overburden the general taxpayers. How simple could it be????

    • Debby

      Makes sense to me! Of course…since it makes sense…no one will go for it…LOL

  • thankful to hear good news

    I’m so thankful to finally hear good news of a politician that is doing something for the majority of the regular working people out there. We are in struggling times. We don’t need to spend that amount of money on a private entity sports team right now. Thank God that Dayton is doing the right thing!

  • So True!

    Minnesota Vikings and their supporters should find a way to pay for a new stadium that doesn’t include local or state tax increases.

  • Krissi

    I like this statement, “The Vikings have sought a replacement for the Metrodome for years, calling the Minneapolis venue no longer sufficiently profitable.” Could it possibly be that the players themselves and other key people (and not the stadium) are to blame for the lack of profits? Hmmm.

    • Hello!

      Maybe, but prob not. Look at the Twins. Before the new stadium had open seats to almost every game. Now almost every game was sold out. Its a huge draw to see the new stadium.

      • Hello! Hello!

        Hello !
        The Vikings sell out now, so the problem is not the same as the Twins. The Vikings want a stadium where they can charge more per seat and get parking revenue. They are not talking about building a much larger stadium.

  • Cache

    Why is it every owner or player bum involved in this deal makes money but the big investor(?) the public will get fleeced with more taxes??? Hooey Phooey,,,you want me a taxpayer to “invest” in this I WANT part of the REVENUE STREAM…just like any other investment I make…I want to make money not get taxed again…They tax the heck out of us and are still collecting taxes for the “WE” PAID FOR metrodome and the dipswitch politicians want to sell it to the Vikqueens for a Buck…$1,00. It’s mine I want big bucks for it. Pony up ya crooks… it’s time to share!

  • Jay

    The good thing about the Vikings leaving is that the Packers games would most likely be broadcast locally. Go Packers! A real football team.

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