ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings stadium plan is still in play.

The House Rules Committee on Thursday granted the bill special clearance to keep moving through the committee process, a necessary step because the financing proposal missed normal deadlines.

The action was taken without debate, as is typical of matters before the committee made up of senior House members.

Gov. Mark Dayton has made authorization of a $975 million stadium in Minneapolis a top priority this session. It faces long odds, however, in the GOP-controlled Legislature.

As it stands, the proposal depends on an expansion of low-stakes gambling in bars and restaurants. Taxes on the games run by charities would foot the state’s roughly $400 million contribution. Private sources and the city of Minneapolis would pay the rest.

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Comments (41)
  1. joe says:

    Gov. Mark Dayton has made authorization of a $975 million stadium in Minneapolis a top priority this session.

    How about creating jobs so the people from MN can afford to pay for tickets to watch the game?

    1. STP says:

      The stadium is not going to be constructed and operated by robots.

    2. brandon says:

      if we lose the vikings, we will lose jobs. if we build a new stadium, we will create jobs. why do most of you people fail to understand this??!!

      1. Kelly says:

        Why do you have a problem understanding the people of Minnesota don’t want any taxes raised to pay for a stadium.

        1. joe says:

          Jobs??? Beer vendors, janitors and guards…Oh yea, construction workers.

          Hope and change.

        2. Fred says:


        3. politicianSUX says:

          Kelly why do you have a problem understanding that the people of Minnesota DO want taxes and gambling increased to pay for a stadium?

          1. joe says:

            Of course this is the land of 10,000 lakes. As well as home to Al Franken.

            1. Bill says:

              Publicly funded stadiums do not create jobs.

              Anyone who says this is lying. Google it.

              If public money is given to Zygi, then it can’t be used to finance roads, educations, etc. So taxes WILL BE RAISED to make up the difference.

              Zygi Wilf is scr@wing Minnesota.

          2. Death says:

            There R NO NEW TAXES! Can U READ??????

  2. JoesFather says:

    How about you start finding jobs for people yourself instead of blaming others for not finding jobs

    1. Eco says:

      Publicly financed stadiums are an economic loss so they actually mean FEWER jobs in the long run.

      Everybody knows this.

      1. Refrigerator Larry says:

        Your logic is overwhelmed by the emotional excitement of seeing a touchdown. It makes us feel good as a state. The WHOLE state. How do you put a price on that statewide good feeling of the touchdown?

        1. Loren says:

          How do I put a price on it? Easy.

          Two Cents.

      2. joe says:

        The new majority of MN people don’t want to work anyway. Hey, they just want the free money and benies… no one said anything about working for a living.

        1. Robert says:

          As you have posted several times I guess one could assume you are an expert in not wanting to work.

    2. B says:

      How about this for you naysayers……. If the team is not there, there are less employes in the state, and there are less state taxes taken out of their wages, which means less taxes and impacts the states fiscal budgets. Also I do agree with people building a stadium will create jobs in the short run, which we would hope would create more jobs in the long run, and in our current economic climate….I am sure nobody thinks about the people who work the stadium…..which are typically people who use these jobs as their primary or secondary sources of income…….oh yea and lest we forget the visiting teams who spend money here along with their fans……lets not be short sited! Unfortunately I had to move from the great state of MN to a state with only 1 truly major league sport and I hope we get another….when you have had it, and lost it… may realize this, you don’t want this to happen!!…….as with the North Stars/Wild situation…..the people of MN don’t want that to happen again! Go stadium!!

  3. Janet says:

    Dayton is a disgrace to his family name. Imagine taxing the poor for the benefit of millionaires and billionaires.

    If his father knew the future, he never would have bequested Mark any money at all.

    1. Fred says:

      how is he taxing the poor in this case? Plesae tell me

  4. Nate says:

    Museums, art institutes, parks, recreation centers, etc. They are all pretty much economic losses as well but without them we would be the most boring state in the country and there would be no beauty in taking a stroll through town. There would be no tourists, there would be no visiting team fans spending millions at local businesses during games and worst of all (at least in many people’s opinion) there would be no Minnesota Vikings, a fifty plus year tradition in this beautiful state. Support the team, support a new stadium, support Minnesota and everything that stands for it.

    Replace that toilet bowl of a stadium with something better, I’m tired of looking at it every morning on my way to work.

    1. joe says:

      Have you looked at the design of the new stadium? Looks just like the old one…..hummmmmmmm

  5. junglejack says:

    remember the republicans number one priority JOBS, do you see any jobs from them no just their personnel agenda

  6. joe says:

    When the Vikes win a Super Bowl then let’s talk stadium.

    1. Mayhem says:

      You’ll have to pretend on the first part of your comment because we’ve moved well beyond the second part….and is pretty much a done deal.

      SKOL VIKES!!!!!!!!!

  7. joe says:

    What’s that old saying “When Hell freezes over” ….. lol

    1. Mayhem says:

      getting awfully cold here in hellsville!

      Gotta a parka???

      SKOL VIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Luke says:

    If you don’t want to pay this measly tax they are going to have where the AVERAGE family in Minneapolis is going to pay $50…. thats FIFTY DOLL HAIRS..

    Most people will probably pay under that in terms of extra tax, pathetic people are complaining about that.

    1. Ron says:

      That’s what they said about the Twins stadium.

      In reality that is costing each person in Hennepin County $30 per year for 30 years..

      That’s $900 from your pocket, into the Pohlad’s pockets.

      $900!!! So, do you want to pay my share since it’s such a small amount? Hello? Anybody still there?

      What a pod you are. You are actually encouraging the scam artists to rip you off. Pull your head out of that dark place.

      1. Mayhem says:

        Rich folks pockets or welfare cases….pick your poison.

        at least we get a public venue out of the deal from the former.

  9. Nancy says:

    The overwhelming majority want nothing to do with this.

    Otherwise there would be a referendum.

    What happened to the Minneapolis City council members who wanted a referendum? Did Zygi get to them?

    1. Mayhem says:

      You dont count as an overwhelming majority…you count as one so cite your source.

      If the stadium goes on a ballot, so should welfare…neither one of ’em ain’t happenin’.

      1. Harriet says:

        Nancy didn’t say one person was a majority you idiot.

        The reason it may not go on a ballot is that they KNOW it would lose..

        Get it now? The fact they don’t want a referendum PROVES the majority are against it.

        Only a few gullible and corrupt weasels like you are pushing for it.

        1. Mayhem says:

          another complete and utter moronic idiot needs education…….must be a republican.

          um, she said “…The overwhelming majority want nothing to do with this.” tell me genius, how does she KNOW that is true? Did she poll the entire state of MN? Where did she get her info from. She is certainly not speaking for me.

          And there are tons of issues that dont go to a ballot that could, why should this? Thats why we elect these politicians. To represent. I must have touched off a nerve mentioning welfare….hope youre spending my money wisely….have my doubts though

          Ballots aside…have YOU called your rep, sent an email, wrote a strongly worded letter, etc to tell him/her of your displeasure about this issue? If enough of you whiners had done this and put up enough of a stink about it, pretty sure one of two things would have happened….it would have been put on a ballot OR the reps would have no choice but to vote against it.

          THAT obviously didnt happen, did it? So guess what, its apparent that Nancy’s comment on the “majority” is quite the opposite.

          Youve just been schooled Harry….so sit back down and give Nancy a hug and go about your business.

          1. Factoid says:

            “Would you favor or oppose using public money for a new Viking’s stadium? ”

            Favor: 22%
            Oppose: 74%
            Don’t know: 4%


            1. Mayhem says:

              Update your “factoid” Factoid

              Poll: Many Minnesotans In Favor Of Stadium
              March 23, 2012 5:58 PM


              1. Mayhem says:

                I might add also that 200 MORE people were polled than the outdated Strib Poll you produced by the way.

                1. Laura says:


                  If the majority want public money to be used for a stadium, a referendum will pass easily.

                  Contact your representative and tell them you demand a referendum:


                2. Mayhem says:

                  @ Laura

                  Not sure why your telling me this….If it goes to a referendum I’d vote yes, if it doesnt (and it wont) it still gets built. Either way its going to happen.

                  It appears you need more on your side than mine…I suggest you start telling the other whiners to get on it and start calling their reps…you’d be wasting your time but whatever turns your crank.

                  Besides all this….it isnt public money that is being considered to fund this stadium anyways. Read up and be informed.

  10. Mayhem says:

    I find it interesting that for all this talk about funding this stadium however its going to be funded….and the whiners asking how the roads are going to be paid for if taxes are used…

    YET we found a BILLION dollars for the 2012 construction season!

    Ya, MN is broke alright.

    SKOL VIKES!!!!!!!!

    1. Death says:

      The ppl who disagree with you don’t even live in Mpls, and R Trolls too lol!

  11. Drop Kick says:

    Go Vikings! and take the Twins with you.

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