The Minnesota Vikings will be responsible for $477 million – or nearly half the total cost -- of a $975 million football stadium under the terms outlined in a conference committee report outlined on Wednesday.
Following a contentious 10-plus-hour debate, the Senate passed legislation authorizing construction of a $975 million stadium for the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday evening. The proposal cleared the chamber by a 38-28 vote margin.
After months of negotiations between Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders on a Minnesota Vikings stadium plan, GOP legislative leaders upended the debate on Tuesday by unveiling a new proposal that relies entirely on general obligation bonds to cover the state’s portion of the project.
The Senate Finance Committee turned the Vikings stadium political situation upside down by inserting the controversial revenue source of allowing slot machines at two Minnesota racetracks. The Senate's chief author immediately vowed to have the so-called racino removed from the bill tomorrow in the Taxes committee.
The publicly subsidized Minnesota Vikings stadium proposed for downtown Minneapolis survived a Senate committee on Friday evening with more DFLers than Republicans voting for it.
In Wednesday's Star Tribune, sports columnist Jim Souhan pilloried Rep. Dean Urdahl for purportedly helping to kill the Vikings stadium bill.
The Minnesota Vikings stadium prospects faltered in their first stop in a legislative committee. The Senate Local Government Committee laid the bill over without a clear indication of when they would restart debate.
The Minnesota Vikings, Gov. Mark Dayton and key legislators have reached a deal on a $975 million stadium from the Minnesota Vikings to be build by public and private sources.
DFL and GOP legislative leaders expressed optimism that the looming legislative session will be less combative than in 2011 at a panel discussion Tuesday morning. House and Senate leaders of both parties indicated support for a bonding bill, skepticism about the prospects for passing a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill and confidence that the legislative session can be finished prior to Easter.
by Paul Demko
Published: December 23, 2011
Tags: 2012 legislative session, Bill Ingebrigtsen, Chris DeLaForest, Dave Senjem, Dave Thompson, Joe Gimse, Julianne Ortman, Mark Dayton, Michael Brodkorb, Mike Jungbauer, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, Minnesota Vikings, Pat Anderson, Pat Shortridge, Sean Nienow, Ted Lillie, Vikings Stadium
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