STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Update: Smokers, corporations to provide stadium funding backup
By Danielle Killey and Don Davis
Smokers will provide the backstop to Viking stadium construction funding, the governor and legislative leaders announced Thursday night.
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Plans are set for two state Senate hearings on the proposal for the state to help fund construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
The first hearing will be held Tuesday morning at the state Capitol.
Stadium politics is among the most complex issues state officials tackle, even though they have had plenty of practice in the past few decades.
Policymakers have discussed for a decade whether to replace or rehabilitate the Vikings downtown Minneapolis Metrodome home, but for one reason or another did not give it priority.
Touring Minnesota GOP officials discuss regulations, funding and new Vikes stadium Reducing strict regulation and streamlining duplication of services were some of the dozens of suggestions local officials gave Thursday during a meeting on ways to reform Minnesota’s government.
The Vikings ownership, sympathetic to the state government shutdown because of the failure of the Legislature and governor to agree on a budget, has called a recess on their drive to get an Arden Hills stadium bill passed.
Minnesota lawmakers are past the halfway point of their 2011 session, and with less than two months to the May 23 adjournment deadline, much work remains. Most critically, Gov. Mark Dayton and Republicans who control the Legislature are still far apart on how to eliminate a projected $5 billion shortfall for the next two years.
As the Minnesota boys’ high school hockey tournament moved into its final day Saturday, concussions were on the agenda between sessions. The Be Hockey Safe panel, a team of professionals focused on safety issues, met Saturday at the St. Paul RiverCentre.
Ramsey County officials will meet Thursday with Ted Mondale, the new chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, to discuss prospects for a new Vikings stadium on an abandoned ammunitions site in Arden Hills.
Chris Havens and Kevin Duchschere
, January 27, 2011
Rep. Tom Hackbarth, a Republican from Cedar, Minn., has introduced a bill calling for a proposed constitutional amendment on a new, privately owned casino. If lawmakers agree, the amendment would be placed on the 2010 ballot.
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