Esme’s Blog: A Deadline For A Stadium Deal

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Governor Mark Dayton has made a repeated call for a deadline for a Vikings deal. So far Republican leaders have not agreed.

Presumably there is a concern that if the deadline passes and there is no deal the process would be dealt such a setback that it might be impossible to resurrect.

But without a deadline it seems difficult to believe a deal can be reached. Procrastinators among us no full well it is only with a deadline that difficult tasks get done.

The unwillingness of everyone to even agree to a deadline suggests the political will to get a deal done might not exist at the capitol. And if that is the case there will be no new Vikings stadium. Without a stadium, most analysts agree the team will certainly move.

A deadline would do something else. For those of us who write, report and talk about the stadium there would be a set end point to look forward to.

For those in the public weary of hearing about the issue there would be an end point to. And for that alone, a deadline would be welcome.

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