Minnesota lawmakers on Vikings stadiu...

Minnesota lawmakers on Vikings stadium: The budget problems come first

There are 71 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Dec 12, 2010, titled Minnesota lawmakers on Vikings stadium: The budget problems come first. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A plan to build a Minnesota Vikings stadium has found few cheerleaders at the Capitol, where legislative leaders from both parties said Friday the stadium push must take a back seat to the state's budget problems.

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Neek

Minneapolis, MN

#70 Apr 4, 2011
Hey...I'm all for anything that doesn't require taxpayer dollars...so, whatever they want to do besides that...go right ahead!
I "like" the Vikings...but, I don't want to pay for them...maybe they should look at the Green Bay model a little closer?!
And if they leave...my life will not suffer.
Playing foot ball gets you multi-million dollar contracts...not in my world!
Just sayin'
AnjaEm

Eau Claire, WI

#71 Apr 4, 2011
And what's with needing a roof? Football was always played in the outdoors. I've sat through snow, wind and rain to watch ball. And the players played in it.

The generation of entitlement speaks. How can they possibly play ball without a roof? Uffdah.
Karl

Moorhead, MN

#72 Apr 5, 2011
Remember everyone, you can't look at this as just an expense. It is an investment, and with a tenant willing to sign a long term lease if we pass it a less risky investment than most. The Vikings want to share this with the state %97 of the year and they or forking over %25 of the bill. With the Dome in the shape it is in it is way past due and required if we want to hold world class events in our great state year round. We have some very nice facilities but sadly they can't be used for half the year. Let's get this one right and build a multi purpose indoor stadium to keep the NFL in Minnesota and provide a new home for all the other events the Metrodome hosts! Then lets experiance a Superbowl and Final Four in this town once again!
Jordan

Duluth, MN

#73 Apr 5, 2011
Why can't they set up a fund on the side where vikings fans can donate money for the stadium because i would throw a hundo into it every year to keep my favorite thing in life **** i would throw in a grand
train

United States

#74 Apr 5, 2011
state run casinos only answer, no new taxes, all revenue goes to roads- schools - sports stadium development. let the indians have their casinos and we will have ours, competition will drive to better performance.
green gay fagers wrote:
<quoted text>Well do you expect them to play in the metrodome where the roof collapses?????Think outside the box people. People can be very selfish. That's all iv'e got to say. btw im middle class also and i still don't complain.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#75 Apr 5, 2011
Karl wrote:
Remember everyone, you can't look at this as just an expense. It is an investment, and with a tenant willing to sign a long term lease if we pass it a less risky investment than most. The Vikings want to share this with the state %97 of the year and they or forking over %25 of the bill. With the Dome in the shape it is in it is way past due and required if we want to hold world class events in our great state year round. We have some very nice facilities but sadly they can't be used for half the year. Let's get this one right and build a multi purpose indoor stadium to keep the NFL in Minnesota and provide a new home for all the other events the Metrodome hosts! Then lets experiance a Superbowl and Final Four in this town once again!
Karl, have you ever heard of the term corporate welfare?

Is it right that Zygi Wilf will get the tax payers of a state that is $5 Billion in the hole to build him a $1 Billion stadium so he can make millions and millions more in profits for his private corporation?

If so...then the State of Minnesota better get building me that pool hall I so dearly want.
dee

United States

#76 Apr 5, 2011
just like pohlad received from us tax payers, now he has put a bad team on the field.

let them all leave !
IrishMN wrote:
<quoted text>
Karl, have you ever heard of the term corporate welfare?
Is it right that Zygi Wilf will get the tax payers of a state that is $5 Billion in the hole to build him a $1 Billion stadium so he can make millions and millions more in profits for his private corporation?
If so...then the State of Minnesota better get building me that pool hall I so dearly want.
Sarah D

Saint Paul, MN

#77 Apr 5, 2011
Neek wrote:
Hey...I'm all for anything that doesn't require taxpayer dollars...so, whatever they want to do besides that...go right ahead!
I "like" the Vikings...but, I don't want to pay for them...maybe they should look at the Green Bay model a little closer?!
And if they leave...my life will not suffer.
Playing foot ball gets you multi-million dollar contracts...not in my world!
Just sayin'
Packers are owned by Green Bay. The NFL will not allow public ownership of a football team. Packers were grandfathered in so that's why they're still allowed. But no other team can be publicly owned at least not publicly owned and be part of the NFL.
iowa viking

West Des Moines, IA

#78 Apr 5, 2011
Yes, seems to lead 75 out of every 100 votes compared to polls taken in moorhead international falls, etc.(which say no) How about one taken in the metropolitan area?
iowa viking

West Des Moines, IA

#79 Apr 5, 2011
-wilf 300million
-nfl 100-200million (based on a 2007 offer by the nfl)
-1 million build america bonds
==okay we are at 401-501 million so far of a 900 million dollar stadium
-2% tax on luxury boxes at the new stadium (=?)
-tax of $10 for every Viking ticket sold (70,000 times 5= 700,000 times 10 (2preseason)= 7,000,000
- so 7million times 30= 210 million or 280 with 40 year lease
====okay so we are at 611million+ to 798 million+
add in the the 2% tax and you got it
--just in case though psl seats for 25-50 million
--just in case though,$5 tax( in addition to $10 ticket tax) on any season ticket holders
--just in case $2 parking tax at new stadium (if Arden Hills)
--just in case, whatever money off of a viking lottery
--just in case,$1 tax on anything sold at the stadium, food, clothing, etc.


-vikings cover any cost overuns out of pocket
-40 year lease on new stadium
-if the vikings ever move all. they may not keep the viking name or records

there pay to play

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#80 Apr 5, 2011
Hey, I saw in a Strib article that a critical part of the Viking's Stadium legislation is how the local partner for the Vikes can institute the 1/2 percent sales tax WITHOUT having the citizens vote on it. They are including an exemption to the current funding legislation for stadiums.

In other words, just like Hennepin County did 5 years ago, they can cram a sales tax increase down your throat and tell you they are going to spend upwards of $300 million without voter approval.

Interesting, huh?

Dayton, Mondale, and any legislator that votes for this huge chunk of corporate welfare ought to be taken out into the public square and flogged.

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