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Minnesota governor wants action on stadium bill

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton stands on Getty Images

The Minnesota Legislature apparently intends to take up the issue of a new stadium for the Vikings after working out a new budget for the state.  But with the budget process consuming plenty of time in the part-time legislative body’s schedule, there may not be enough time to get a stadium deal done.

As a result, Governor Mark Dayton thinks it’s time to get to work on a stadium deal.

Per the Associated Press, Dayton said on Wednesday that the stadium project is a a “separate standalone matter for the Legislature to consider.”  And he doesn’t want the Legislature to stand around and wait to act.

Get it completed, I’ll sign it,” Dayton said.  “Yes.  Get it done.  Get people to work.”

The legislative session ends on May 23.

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43 Responses to “Minnesota governor wants action on stadium bill”
  1. shawon0meter says: May 5, 2011 8:59 AM

    I hate Brett Favre.

  2. vikingbill1 says: May 5, 2011 9:06 AM

    About time someone sees the value in keeping the team in Minnesota and creating revenue…

  3. jwesty says: May 5, 2011 9:12 AM

    This is good news for all NFC north fans!!!

  4. hail2tharedskins says: May 5, 2011 9:17 AM

    That sounds like political posturing to me. I don’t know anything about Minneapolis politics, but that sounds like comments from a politician who knows its not going to happen and he wants to try to insulate himself from the potential backlash. If he were truly interested in pushing it through, he would be making calls directly to other legislators and calling in favors instead of making these generic comments to the press.

  5. ravensfan4life52 says: May 5, 2011 9:19 AM

    L.A. go there and you’ll have your stadium. it’s the opposite of Field of Dreams. If you go there they will build it. just go ahead and go there se we don’t have to hear about L.A. not having a team anymore.

  6. jerichotfx says: May 5, 2011 9:21 AM

    Make it happen! This team belongs in MN!

  7. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: May 5, 2011 9:25 AM

    If I owned the Vikings and if Minnesota was unwilling to help support building a new Vikings Stadium, then I would consider relocating the team. Of course, that might also necessitate finding a new hub for the NFL’s legal universe—other than the District of Minnesota.

  8. sabeybaby says: May 5, 2011 9:32 AM

    Hey Vikings jackwagons…enjoy your trip to LA or better yet Canada. Don’t forget there are differences in the CFL, but you will get used to them. Oh wait. That would take a degree of intellgence. Sorry my bad.

  9. zaggs says: May 5, 2011 9:35 AM

    Well when Dayton tells Minnesota that the state should live within its means, he really means that he wants to create more means so he can get elected. He’s already pissing on a budget that doesnt raise taxes and a new stadium would almost certainly mean a tax increase. But its not like we’re in an economic slow down teetering on a double dip recession or anything.

  10. pervyharvin says: May 5, 2011 10:18 AM

    ravensfan4life52 says: May 5, 2011 9:19 AM

    L.A. go there and you’ll have your stadium. it’s the opposite of Field of Dreams. If you go there they will build it. just go ahead and go there se we don’t have to hear about L.A. not having a team anymore.
    =====================================
    Why don’t you keep your Raven nose out of NFC North affairs. Our 50 year old team is a big part of the NFL and its history. You know, unlike your team of irrelevant convicts.

  11. clintonportisheadd says: May 5, 2011 10:19 AM

    Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: May 5, 2011 9:25 AM

    If I owned the Vikings and if Minnesota was unwilling to help support building a new Vikings Stadium, then I would consider relocating the team….

    =================

    Good luck. Minnesota realizes what every other area realizes when it comes to corporate welfare for billionaire football owners-THE MATH DOESN’T WORK!

    There are many academic studies proving that keeping a team in a particular area via tax breaks/stadium bonds is a losing proposition for the taxpayer. The revenue NEVER comes close to making up the initial outlay.

    If a widget maker in Wyzanta wants a new building for his business one expects he will pay for it. The same for a distribution center in St Paul. Why does Wilf deserve something those other folks don’t get?

    Call his bluff Minnesota. You can’t afford not to.

  12. shiftyshellshocked says: May 5, 2011 10:25 AM

    zaggs, get a grip. if your on this website than your a fan of football, or maybe not. the vikes have been in minny for fifty years now and you just want them to go away! our lawmakers are never going to balance the state budget in our lifetime anyways. it’s time the lawmakers grew a set and get the vikings there new place. if you people would look past your noses for a change you would remember what happened after the lakers and north stars left town. have some purple pride people and get this deal done. you can live without two dollars out of your welfare checks. skol.

  13. thephantomstranger says: May 5, 2011 10:51 AM

    People can whine about corporate welfare all they want, but the fact is this stadium will be built. The widget maker in “Wyzanta” may not get help from the state but the widget maker doesn’t have a big effect on the state. You think Best Buy didn’t get a deal with the state to build its headquarters? Businesses that have a big effect on the state (not necessarily entirely economic) are going to get help from the state. One way or another, the deal will get done. People will complain and complain, then they’ll fill the stadium and talk about how great it is. People will keep on loving the Vikings and will be happy they didn’t leave. The Vikings aren’t moving to LA, so deal with it.

  14. CKL says: May 5, 2011 10:52 AM

    This isn’t Minny specific at all, but I am sick to death of the owners who want taxpayers to pay for a private building. ENOUGH.

  15. ibleedpurple28 says: May 5, 2011 10:58 AM

    sabeybaby says: May 5, 2011 9:32 AM

    Hey Vikings jackwagons…enjoy your trip to LA or better yet Canada. Don’t forget there are differences in the CFL, but you will get used to them. Oh wait. That would take a degree of intellgence. Sorry my bad.

    You spelled intelligence wrong…… This really doesn’t help your case in proving that Viking’s fans are unintelligent.

  16. ruvelligwebuike says: May 5, 2011 11:25 AM

    Are the Twins selling out this year? Have the Gophers ever sold out in their new 45,000 person stadium?

    You can’t put lipstick on a pig. Minnesota fans are beyond pathetic. You could have free beer and handjobs at the new stadium and one 5-11 season later they’d be having Clear Channel buy up tickets to avoid a blackout.

    Don’t think so? Last year the Target Field was jam-packed. This year, the Twins start slow, and the stadium is empty. Fact.

  17. kernelreefer says: May 5, 2011 11:28 AM

    I’m from Minnesota and I want a stadium bill. I recognize that there is little to no economic impact of subsidizing this business vs. other businesses and I don’t think that’s relevant.

    Sure, the economic impact of building stadiums is minimal to slightly negative, and sure we don’t need a team here to improve the economy. That is something established in the literature.

    But for some reasons, states still fund things that are revenue negative. That’s why we tax people. The question is if the net expenditure is useful.

    A wealth of research also indicates that the presence of multiple sports teams that cater to multiple interests tend to increase the quality of life and general happiness index of cities when other factors are controlled for. This increase in the quality of life and happiness is generally better than the increase from spending in other social policy. I’m not saying we should sacrifice welfare or education funding to keep the Vikings, but perhaps they are worth more to our state than corporate welfare to 3M or Best Buy.

  18. ruvelligwebuike says: May 5, 2011 11:34 AM

    Maybe you guys should hit up Joe Mauer for a loan?

  19. thephantomstranger says: May 5, 2011 11:39 AM

    ruvelligwebuike says:
    May 5, 2011 11:25 AM
    Are the Twins selling out this year? Have the Gophers ever sold out in their new 45,000 person stadium?

    You can’t put lipstick on a pig. Minnesota fans are beyond pathetic. You could have free beer and handjobs at the new stadium and one 5-11 season later they’d be having Clear Channel buy up tickets to avoid a blackout.

    Don’t think so? Last year the Target Field was jam-packed. This year, the Twins start slow, and the stadium is empty. Fact.
    ________________________

    The Twins are averaging 38,380 per game, which is 97.2% of capacity, in a season in which they’ve started slowly, their stars are injured, and the weather has been terrible. I don’t think that qualifies as the stadium being empty. Fact.

  20. dwoofer says: May 5, 2011 11:49 AM

    Minnesota Vikings will stay. The fans of that team are so bored living in the Arctic circle that there’s nothing else to do there. But NFL owners have become experts at suckering the public into paying for their stadiums. Oh, yeah, and NFL owners make so little money nowadays, they need to lock out the players and lower their pay.

  21. blaz0037 says: May 5, 2011 11:59 AM

    How many professional sports franchises does California need? Honestly. 15 isn’t enough. is 20? 30? Good god. California is bankrupt, they have already tried several teams in LA and it didn’t work.

    Lets not forget that the Dodgers can’t even pay the bills, and the Kings (nba) is not being subsidized for a year.

    What a joke. Go cheer for your other teams.

  22. stvang says: May 5, 2011 12:01 PM

    The new viking theme song

    Hate Minneapolis
    It’s cold and it’s damp
    And all the people dressed like monkeys
    Let’s leave Chicago to the Eskimos
    That town’s a little bit too rugged
    For you and me you bad girl

    Rollin’ down the Imperial Highway
    With a big nasty redhead at my side
    Santa Ana winds blowin’ hot from the north
    And we as born to ride

    Roll down the window put down the top
    Crank up the Beach Boys baby
    Don’t let the music stop
    We’re gonna ride it till we just can’t ride it no more

    >From the South Bay to the Valley
    >From the West Side to the East Side
    Everybody’s very happy
    ‘Cause the sun is shining all the time
    Looks like another perfect day

    I love L.A. (We love it)
    I love L.A. (We love it)

    Look at that mountain
    Look at those trees
    Look at that bum over there, man
    He’s down on his knees
    Look at these women
    There ain’t nothin’ like ‘em nowhere

    Century Boulevard (We love it)
    Victory Boulevard (We love it)
    Santa Monica Boulevard (We love it)
    Sixth Street (We love it, we love it)

    I love L.A.
    I love L.A.
    (We love it)

  23. blaz0037 says: May 5, 2011 12:03 PM

    sorry, my mistake

    *****the Kings (nba) are being subsidized for a year by the NBA.

  24. blaz0037 says: May 5, 2011 12:10 PM

    Giants

  25. blaz0037 says: May 5, 2011 12:11 PM

    Dodgers

  26. blaz0037 says: May 5, 2011 12:12 PM

    Kings

  27. blaz0037 says: May 5, 2011 12:14 PM

    Raiders

  28. tremoluxman says: May 5, 2011 12:14 PM

    Yeah, the new Republican controlled legislature here in Minnesota is consumed with important issues like drafting a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being strictly between a man and a woman. Also, limiting abortion rights, defunding health care for the poor, and busting teacher’s unions.

    Gotta stick it to to little guys and the powerless first and foremost.

  29. blaz0037 says: May 5, 2011 12:17 PM

    Chargers

  30. blaz0037 says: May 5, 2011 12:17 PM

    Athletics

  31. blaz0037 says: May 5, 2011 12:18 PM

    Padres

  32. mvp43 says: May 5, 2011 12:21 PM

    Politics……….the stupidest crap gets pushed through state legislatures and no one raises an eyebrow, but something like this in which the whole state benefits from gets kicked around.

  33. blaz0037 says: May 5, 2011 12:23 PM

    Ill spare you guys the rest, but I think you get my point

  34. vikingsfan73 says: May 5, 2011 1:20 PM

    pretext – I’m a huge Vikings fan. Bleed purple. but…

    whoa whoa whoa….let me get this straight.

    The NFL owners and players need money from the State (which has a $5 billion budget shortfall) to build a new stadium?

    Is this the same set of NFL owners and players that are currently pissing on each other in court because they can’t figure out how to divvy up a billion a year?

    I have an idea. How about the NFL put that billion a year into a stadium trust that funds one new stadium a year for each team? Every 32 years they all get new stadiums. Want one sooner? Your owner can pay for it themselves.

    That won’t work? OK..fine. We’ll give you a billion for a new stadium and create a “performance tax” of 50% of your income for every professional football game played in Minnesota.

    Why won’t that work? oh ya…because the owners and players don’t really give a rats backside about the fans or taxpayers. They just want more money.

    Move to LA….I’m sick of this sham.

  35. schemefactory says: May 5, 2011 2:00 PM

    pathetic. a state full of people who only care about the team when they win is not a state of fans. it’s a state of denial about the state being full of hippies, and weirdos.

  36. locutus says: May 5, 2011 2:20 PM

    You know, I did the calculations where we assumed the stadium cost 1 billion dollars and that the people would be responsible for an equal one third. It amounted to a little over 1 dollar per day for one year for each tax payer to pay for their share. This is the short sighted, cheap skate, head in the arse people that hopefully are only the most vocal when it comes to this stadium. If you cannot afford 1 dollar per day to keep the Vikings in Minnesota where they truly belong, then I do not think I can write what I truly feel on these boards as it won’t clear the filters.

  37. NoHomeTeam says: May 5, 2011 3:06 PM

    blaz0037 says: “How many professional sports franchises does California need? Honestly. 15 isn’t enough. is 20? 30? Good god. California is bankrupt, they have already tried several teams in LA and it didn’t work. Lets not forget that the Dodgers can’t even pay the bills, and the Kings (nba) is not being subsidized for a year. What a joke. Go cheer for your other teams.”

    We’re coming for your NFL franchise next, Blaz; it’s only a matter of time. MLB will take the Dodgers away from McCourt, and assign your baseball team to the club as a Farm Team. If you’re lucky, we’ll leave you with your NBA team. Do you like hockey? We’re thinking about giving your NHL franchise a try-out, just out of spite . . .

  38. rcali says: May 5, 2011 3:58 PM

    So the billionaire owner will be financing it and you won’t need any tax payer money? Wonderful!

  39. vikingsfan73 says: May 5, 2011 4:21 PM

    Locutus – Your logic is the same that leads to everyone getting the city, state, and federal government to fund their own pet projects…..and taking half my paycheck in the process.

    I love football, I’d love to see it stay in Minnesota. Pay for it through ticket prices and advertising, anything but tax revenue.

    The owners and players are fighting over a what to do with an extra billion dollars a year in revenue and you’re arguing we should give them more?

  40. minnesconsin says: May 5, 2011 4:44 PM

    “Get it completed, I’ll sign it,” Dayton said. “Yes. Get it done. Get people to work.”

    that’s a pretty reckless, generalized statement. he should probably state unequivocally the parameters required of the bill for him to sign it — particularly with a republican legislature.

    this isn’t a commentary on the vikings situation specifically, but I hate it when politicians claim that they’re “creating jobs” when they fund a big project like this. Temporary construction projects are not JOBS. this is temporary work for a very specialized group of people. It’s not like building a stadium is going to fix unemployment.

  41. thephantomstranger says: May 5, 2011 5:06 PM

    tremoluxman says:
    May 5, 2011 12:14 PM
    Yeah, the new Republican controlled legislature here in Minnesota is consumed with important issues like drafting a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being strictly between a man and a woman. Also, limiting abortion rights, defunding health care for the poor, and busting teacher’s unions.

    Gotta stick it to to little guys and the powerless first and foremost.
    __________________

    At the risk of being too “political,” I’d like to say that most of what you said is untrue. I would also like to point out that no one is more of a “little guy” or more “powerless” than an unborn baby.

  42. ccarterhof says: May 5, 2011 6:43 PM

    vikingfan73,
    You say you bleed purple?
    But then you say- Move to LA….I’m sick of this sham.
    -
    Look, I get why some people dont wanna pay. They are not Viking fans. Locutus is right. You are not a true Viking fan if you want them to leave.

  43. recon163 says: May 5, 2011 11:11 PM

    @ blaz0037:

    “How many professional sports franchises does California need? Honestly. 15 isn’t enough. is 20? 30? Good god. California is bankrupt, they have already tried several teams in LA and it didn’t work.”

    Awwww…..poor child feels life is so unfair. Big bad California has too many toys and somebody doesn’t understand why…..Awwwww…..

    It is called business blaz. Owners are out to make money not to satisfy your mistaken belief in ‘fairness’.

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