To the surprise of no one, the Minnesota Legislature concluded its regular 2011 session Monday with no bill passed regarding the funding of a new stadium for the Vikings.
The stadium effort remains stuck behind the state’s inability to strike a deal to balance a budget that contains a billion-dollar deficit.
“Five months ago, we began this legislative session with clear goals: solve our budget deficit while getting Minnesota working again,” Gov. Mark Dayton said, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Tonight, the Legislature adjourns having accomplished neither. While it’s disappointing, I remain resolved that we will find common ground and compromise on behalf of Minnesotans.”
The stadium deal will be addressed in a special session, assuming that time is left to address the stadium deal after the budget is finally balanced. Either way, the Vikings move closer to the final year of their current Metrodome lease with no clarity as to whether a new stadium will be constructed in Minnesota.
To the delight of any Vikings fans who currently live in Los Angeles.