Vikings Stadium Bill
The rocky road towards a Vikings stadium deal took another unexpected turn on Tuesday with a new plan from Republicans and strong rhetoric from Governor Mark Dayton.
Fans decked out in purple and gold are roaming Minnesota’s Capitol in hopes that the House debates and votes on the $1 billion Vikings stadium bill.
If any of you are geeky enough to have followed the debate in the Senate Tax Committee on the Vikings stadium bill, you know how very fragile the proposal is.
In football terms, you could call it ‘fourth and long’ when it comes to lawmakers approving a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.
It was a day of twists and turns for the Vikings stadium at the Capitol on Wednesday. The bill got a going over by the Senate Finance Committee, and some star Vikings players made their own push for a new stadium to play in.
With a less than a week left in the session, the clock is running out for lawmakers to push the Vikings stadium bill through.
A statewide poll released Friday at the State Capitol shows that nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans are in favor of a Vikings stadium that would be funded in part by gambling revenues and built on the current Metrodome site.
The Vikings stadium bill is ready for prime time, and Gov. Mark Dayton is already promoting it.
Stadium supporters promise a windfall from electronic pull tabs and bingo, but there’s not a lot of evidence to support that.
The bill will likely go to lawmakers next week. It puts the new stadium in the same space as the Metrodome. Governor Mark Dayton called it “The People’s Stadium” on Thursday.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said Wednesday the Vikings may have to wait a long time before they get a vote on a new stadium.
The two Minnesota lawmakers most important to the Vikings’ push for a new stadium at the Capitol this year don’t live anywhere near the Twin Cities and are not even huge Minnesota Vikings fans.
The Vikings stadium bill has been introduced in the legislature amidst the economic hangover from the Great Recession.