STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Stadium price report coming as officials woo major sports events
By Don Davis
Minnesota stadium officials will get a better idea of what will fit into a new Vikings stadium next week even as stadium and team officials try to lure major sports events even before gro... Posted on 10/24/13 at 6:02 PM
Gamblers would love electronic pulltabs. Cash would flow and the state’s cut from the new games would pay the public share of a new Vikings stadium. That’s what Gov. Mark Dayton and other politicians predicted.
Of course, these activities are fun and enjoyed by many Minnesota residents. But are they the responsibilities of state government? Would society be better off if we just gave people an entertainment voucher and said here, go spend the money on what you enjoy?
Most of the session was spent with both parties digging their own ideological trenches and then shouting at each other for being obstructionists. For that, the 2012 session was mostly a disappointment and a failure.
Just three years later at the Twins stadium, attendance is dropping, and the team have the worst record in baseball. Remember, the owners had told the Legislature that the team needed a new stadium in order to stay competitive.
The Minnesota Senate approved a Vikings stadium construction bill 38-28 late Tuesday night. Bill author Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, said the bill was a compromise among the parties involved, and “there’s a lot of win-win in it.”
As lawmakers from northwestern Minnesota make up their minds, they should give special weight to the thoughts of Minnesota CEOs.
That’s because the executives’ only ideology is to figure out what’s best for Minnesota’s economy, business climate and civic health.
And those are pretty good foundations on which to base a decision.
"The spirit of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act is that all American Indians have the opportunity to benefit," the White Earth Nation chairwoman writes. "And our proposal would deliver huge economic benefits directly and consistently to White Earth Nation, the state’s largest and poorest tribe."
Minnesota Indian Gaming Association member tribes take no pleasure in opposing White Earth on this matter.
But the tribe’s proposal is so inimical to the interests of the other tribes in Minnesota that we believe we have no alternative.
Arthur “Archie” LaRose and Floyd Jourdain, Jr.
, February 25, 2012
“Minneapolis, the state and the Minnesota Vikings have reached a tentative agreement on a new, $975 million stadium on a site at or near the Metrodome and on how to divide the costs,” the Star Tribune reported.
The Minnesota Vikings need a new stadium and Minnesota needs the Vikings, the chief House promoter of a new stadium says.
Rep. Morrie Lanning knows that saving the Vikings football team is a challenge, but one he says is worthwhile.
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