Governor’s Stadium Proposal To Be Introduced

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — The Governor’s Vikings stadium proposal could be brought up at the State Capitol as early as Monday.

The deal was expected to be introduced at the legislature last Monday but was delayed.

It calls for electronic pull tabs to fund the state’s share, but now that’s coming under fire from charities who also benefit from the sales.

Those opposed to Dayton’s plan say it overestimates how much revenue the gambling would bring in, and is a bad deal for nonprofits.

Gov. Mark Dayton said he’s willing to work with charities to find a solution, but also admits the odds of getting the stadium deal done this session aren’t great.

“I’d say it’s 50/50,” he said Sunday. “It’s there to be gained and it’s there to be lost. I would say a lot of opponents are a lot more outspoken and much more engaged at the legislature right now than the people who would be advocates for it so I hope any of your listeners who want to see the Vikings stay around for a while will call their legislators and urge them to support this.”

The Vikings have repeatedly refused to say if they’ll move, if they don’t get a deal this session.

Dayton also has a press conference scheduled for later Monday morning.

He plans to discuss a budget proposal at 10 a.m.

  • Fred

    Yes, we all know how good those brain-trusts at the Capitol are at figuring out projections. OMG – We created a budget and have had 2 surpluses in a row How did that happen? – seems to be the reaction by those up there

    • dan

      Leave it to Gov Obvious to come up with deep thoughts…….”Opponents are a lot more outspoken….” No kidding you moron, isnt that always the case?

      • Carla

        I love how gov Goofy lets out bleeps about his proposal only to delay its release when he finds out someone doesnt like it. Grow up and make a decision and stick with it. This Obama like style of Governing is getting old.

  • Pundit

    Did Dayton stop lying about this creating jobs?
    Did someone explain the facts to him?

  • jake

    Why doesn’t goof ball just give up on this. How much of our money has he wasted on this stupid stadium thing already??

    • clementine

      The chief goof ball won’t be happy until he’s spent every last penny of your money :-)

      And as Fred implies, we don’t have a huge number of Harvard graduates at the state capitol but we’re hoping at least a slim majority have enough of a conscience to hold the line, honor what the majority of their constituents want, and kiss the stadium, and the Vikings, goodbye unless they pay their own way.

      • jackactionhero

        How many pennies of your money will be used for the new Minnesota Stadium in the current proposal?

        Do you even know?

        • Awake

          The Fiasco know as the Twins stadium is costing each resident of Hennepin County $30 per year for 30 years.

          That’s $900. from each person into the Pohlad’s pockets.

          Would you like to pay my share? It’s just pennies.

  • Nathin Sparks

    Hey Governor why can’t you do the job the people elected you to do instead of shoving this garbage down our throat. I am all for the Vikings if they can hold their own with their own money, not mine.

    • jackactionhero

      He isn’t asking for YOUR money, so what are you talking about?

      • Ben

        It IS our money. When our government collects money it is our money.

        Why should our money be given to Piggy WIlf?

        It could be used for education, roads, tax relief, etc.

        • jackactionhero

          Pull tab money should be used for education? What else should be used for education? Should we eliminate all sports and use that money all for new pencils and books?

  • Jason

    Whats this about the vikings saying they will not leave? I thought that is how this stadium idea was presented in the first place. Built it for us or we will leave. Maybe im wrong here?

  • John

    So glad that we have someone in government who is willing to get this job done. Thank you Groverner Dayton. It’s too bad the nay-sayers are so ill-informed so as not to see the financial benefit the state will garner from this endeavour.

    • Susan S

      There is no financial benefit to the state: Every single study shows a net economic LOSS!

      Don’t take my word for it, Google this: publicly financed stadiums.

      Or look at these links:

      There are no economic benefits to taxpayer subsidized stadiums…anyone who tells you different is lying.


      The only person ill-informed is you.

      • Kevin

        Just googled it and found nothing worth my time reading. Economists from lame colleges no one has heard of and studies done on Utah stadiums…yawn yawn…MLB stadiums this, MLB stadiums that…how about NFL stadiums?

        • Truth Detector

          You lie.

          It’s obvious and not done well.

      • jackactionhero

        The financial benefit to the state is not what this discussion is about, Susan. Secondly, none of your articles are relevant to the discussion either. Why did you bother posting those?
        Why are states tripping over themselves to get one of the 4 major sports franchises in their state? Why should Minnesota give theirs up instead? Do you have an answer, or just more copy and pasted irrelevant garbage?

      • Robert

        Oh- you poor, poor, closed minded woman. Do the people employed to build the stadium not benefit? Do the restaurants, hotels, etc and ALL of their suppliers not benefit? The list goes on for pages, but apparently you choose only to see the negative. Wake up and smell the coffee, Mrs. nasty.

        • DougT

          She actually has a point. There is only so much money available – and its called discressionary spending. It will be spent regardless if there is a sport in a given area or not…

          And why should the public pay anything for private enterprises plant and equipment? A loan perhaps….but other than local egos “professional” sports really does not do much economically for a state.

          • jackactionhero

            Indeed, why should the public? Isn’t that the point of pull tab revenue? The Vikings being here is not about how much money they will make for greedy Minnesotans. It’s a sport. People are into viewing competitive sports.

      • Danny

        Thanks for publishing the studies and facts.

        Note that the stadium supporters have no tangible arguments supporting their position. Not one. You would think someone somewhere would have cobbled together a phony report showing that publicly financed stadiums are a good idea.

        But they’ve got nothing.

  • tan pup

    Bored, unstable, and rich; that’s no way to run a state . . . oblivious, ignorant and embracing the Chicken Little phobia, should not be a platform to support a candidate. . . MN you got what you voted for . . . both democrats and republicans. Ziggy will get HIS stadium, the people of MN WILL pay for it, but don’t blame Ziggy, he just took advantage of the the great bubba society of MN. OBTW – what ever happened to paying the bills before spending? No NEW taxes – any type. NO NEW GAMBLING revenue to be generated and CUT SPENDING! I thought that those were the the battle cries of the Republic (ans)!

    • jackactionhero

      “Ziggy will get HIS stadium, the people of MN WILL pay for it”

      Oh really? How so? I don’t think you’ve been keeping up on the proposal.

    • jackactionhero

      “what ever happened to paying the bills before spending?”

      That isn’t how governments work. It seems the real problem we have here is you don’t know what you’re talking about, but you’re the loudest talker anyway. Hmmmmmmmmm….

  • G-Mac

    Once again we have an empty suit sitting in the Gov’s seat. What part of 7/10 does he not get? what part of the democratic process does he not get? We can’t pay the schools back but we can support a bunch of millionare thugs! Welcome to the rabbit hole suckers.

    • jackactionhero

      “we can support a bunch of millionare thugs!”

      Please describe in detail how we are supporting Chris Kluwe by supporting Minnesota getting a new, modern sports facility like the other major cities in our country. Also, please use specifics. So far you haven’t. This is not related to any schools, because that money has its own section of the budget. You knew that though, right?

      Thanks in advance.

  • 'tell'gence hard at work

    Poster jackah must either work for the startrib or he just always gets away with shooting off his moujth against anyone who disagrees with him.

    • jackactionhero

      Posting my opinion and asking for clarification of other people’s opinions is hardly “shooting my mouth off.”

  • j speedbag64

    free agency and the draft are comming up…pass our stadium already…..go dayton go….

  • don

    Get a Stadium, create jobs, boost the economy,be proactive,spend some of your out of pocket money! Its not that bad,hennepin county!

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