Pawlenty weighs in on stadium talk: 'Who is going to pay for it?'

Gov. Tim Pawlenty tempered expectations around a new football stadium a day after a public commission released a fresh design and cost figures. Full Story
Lets GO

Saint Paul, MN

#42 Dec 19, 2009
Professional Sports FEE NOW!!!!!!!!!!
monroe

United States

#43 Dec 19, 2009
I just wonder how many of those against the stadium will be upset when the Vikings leave Minnesota for greener pastures.
vik200084

Colorado Springs, CO

#44 Dec 19, 2009
I have been a strong fan of our Minnesota Vikings since 1961. NOT to build a new stadium is something that shouldn't even have to be brought up. Pro fopotball and the Vikings have always been Minnesota's team since the days in Bloomington. To even think of them moving to Los Angeles or any other place is a crime that ALL politicians should face for being afraid to work at finding the means rather then procrastinate. Minnesota and the Vikings are ONE........Lets get a stadium they can shine in and make us proud.
Dave

Saint Paul, MN

#45 Dec 19, 2009
Pawlenty is a wuss!
Distro

Minneapolis, MN

#46 Dec 19, 2009
Maybe we could pay for it with these!

http://distroguys.com/football/
yeah sure

Saint Paul, MN

#47 Dec 19, 2009
Just approve a state owned casino placed right next to the MOA. After the stadium is paid for we can put the money towards every project that the liberal minds can comprehend. We are talking about 1/2 to 1 billion a year, easy. Free college for all citizens? Sure! Lowering the property tax burden on homeowners? Why not! It is ridiculous that our legislators can't get this done. The Democrats are pandering to a wealthy group of people who don't contribute one penny of tax dollars to our state. We are the only state with Tribal gaming that doesn't receive any % of the income via a tax or otherwise. Thanks to Skip Humphrey and the democrats who gave away the store (when they negotiated the gaming treaties with the Indians) in return for perpetual campaign contributions to the democratic party. Think of it this way, instead of $5 million a year going into the pockets of democrats, it could be $500 million going into our state's general fund to help fund all sorts of projects. This refusal to secure a solid funding source in exchange for several million a year in campaign contributions is the number 1 reason, among many, that I despise the DFLibtards. This costs significant money for all of us. Now they want to raise taxes on us to balance the budget? Go phook yourselves!
yeah sure

Saint Paul, MN

#48 Dec 19, 2009
Lets GO wrote:
Professional Sports FEE NOW!!!!!!!!!!
Tribal gaming FEE NOW!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 08

Lakeville, MN

#49 Dec 19, 2009
monroe wrote:
I just wonder how many of those against the stadium will be upset when the Vikings leave Minnesota for greener pastures.
who cares?
Obama

Indianapolis, IN

#50 Dec 19, 2009
Why all the fuss. I'll pay for it! No sweat. Send me the bill. That's peanuts. pocket change and you all know I stand for Change. Of course you understand it's quid pro quo deal that's fancy Washington talk for "this for that" or "tit for tat". Or as we used to say in Chicago "how much will it take to buy your vote"?
Scruffy

Sterling Heights, MI

#51 Dec 19, 2009
Nick wrote:
Let's say the team owner puts in half and the fans directly donate the other half.
A $500 donation per stadium backer should do nicely.
And as long as you never watch or listen to a game ever again that would be fine.
Pawlwnty equals next Bush

Seattle, WA

#52 Dec 19, 2009
Honestly he is doing what everyone votes in a polititian with not wanting to raise sells tax. But in the overall picture, what is he saving that tax money for anyway? In the long hual, Minnesota could lose another team to LA. If he was smart andlet the tax raise, it would create more jobs in the community and no days that is very good with the economy the way it is. You can make a argument for both of these statments, but it hurts me to say the Vikings are in the lead to go to LA with the colors of purple and gold. Look at the LA Lakers and how many championships they won? Maybe the Vikings will be better off in LA. But I really hope the VIkings stay in Minnesota because afterall, the Vikings are the biggest franchise in that state. Just makes me wonder even if the Vikings win a SB before the lease is up, will they still decline a new stadium?
A tax payer

Willmar, MN

#53 Dec 19, 2009
Pawlenty, Think about it, how much money do the vikings pay in taxes each year? How much money does your state make from motel's, food, shops, gas stations, D.W.I's after the game night is ended? Oh yeah, tickets, parking too!

Common sense! No wonder why are state is in debt! Dumb decisions!!

I hope he don't become PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Apr 09

Hastings, MN

#54 Dec 19, 2009
How about wrote:
<quoted text>
YOU F'in FANS PAY!!!!!!!!!!
Dikhed!!!!!!!!!!
I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PAYING, YOU F'IN CONSERVATIVE, CHICKENHAWK, RUPUBLICAN SUM BAG!!

I DIDN'T "ANYONE" B-T-C-H-I-N-G ABOUT THE TWINS STADIUM!!

SO, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE, PUNK?!!!!!!

Since: Apr 09

Hastings, MN

#55 Dec 19, 2009
CORRECTION:
I DIDN'T HEAR "ANYONE"....
Simple

Mankato, MN

#56 Dec 20, 2009
The taxpayers of Minnesota can borrow $600 million and the NFL $270 million. Then the Vikings should be able to make millions without paying a dime in rent. Why should the Vikings be asked to pay any more? Instead of the ownership netting $20 million a year, a rent free lease will allow the owner to net $30 million a year.
Zee

Kuwait, Kuwait

#57 Dec 20, 2009
Why not just use the revenue from Slots machines in Canterberry or Mystic? I mean if people want to help, then they can spend the weekends gambling away.

Since: Sep 08

Lakeville, MN

#58 Dec 20, 2009
and you people call President Obama a socialist?..building stadiums for owners is socialism at its best
Chris

Minneapolis, MN

#59 Dec 20, 2009
This makes perfect sense. The states most popular sports team that makes the most money has the worst stadium?? Let's kick the Gophers and Tim "insight bowl" Brewster out of TCF stadium and give it to the Vikings until the Gophers win some games.
BearManNorth

AOL

#60 Dec 20, 2009
B-RAD wrote:
NO MATTER WHAT THE TAX INCREASE I WOULD RATHER SPEND MONEY ON THIS THEN SOME OF THE PROJECTS MINNESOTA HAS GOING WE NEED OUR SPORTS
Name them for me. It will be interesting to know which ones you feel equal the price of the stadium, and are worthless.
Edwin

Sleepy Eye, MN

#61 Dec 20, 2009
What Pawlenty fails to realize, and has ALWAYS failed to realize for the last 7 years, is that questions about the financing of a project or a program is not one of the initial criteria that you use to kill something HE doesn't like, right at the very beginning. Financing (and the level, thereof) is something you figure out AFTER you've decided to work on it. You need to take time to look at financing options and have some time to look at different alternatives, instead of just exercising your automatice knee-jerk reaction and saying "we can't afford it" right from the get-go.

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