9th things 1st: Stadium bill higher priority than the budget!

Dayton: Vikings stadium bill could come before budget-balancing deal


Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he would be open to signing a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill before the budget is done.

Lawmakers have introduced bills to get the Vikings a new stadium, but there haven’t been any hearings on the issue yet.

Dayton said he has been in constant contact with Chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Ted Mondale about a new stadium. He said, as he has before, that a new stadium would be “very worthwhile project" and could create jobs.

Dayton said lawmakers shouldn't expect a possible new stadium to be a “bargaining chip” that Republicans could use against him as budget negotiations loom. Finding a workable solution for team, he said, rest squarely with with the Legislature.

“If we don’t have a stadium and the Vikings leave, that’s their responsibility not mine,” Dayton said.

Comment: The Vikes could play in Iowa for all I care! Balance the budget first!

1 comment:

  1. You remind me of why Iowa doesn't have a pro football team. Because if they did, Minnesota would want one, too. :^)

    Count me as another who finds it bizaare that we're subsidizing the lifestyles of millionaires....who also spend a lot of time on the police blotter.


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