A week after the Vikings stadium bill was dead in the water of the 10,000 lakes (I think I’ve used that one before . . . I won’t be taking the time to check because, after all, I am as cool as the other side of the pillow), the effort now has what one lawmaker calls an “air of inevitability.”
That’s what Senator Geoff Michel said Tuesday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Vikings director of corporate communications Jeff Anderson told PFT by email last night that the bill is now ready for a vote on the House floor, and that it will be presented to the Senate Finance Committee at 9:00 a.m. CT on Wednesday.
Another piece of good news comes from the fact that the Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution supporting the bill on Tuesday. Both the Legislature and the City Council must sign off on a deal that previously was reached by the Vikings, Governor Mark Dayton, and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.
Of course, there’s a third branch of government beyond legislative and executive — and it’s only a matter of time before a Minneapolis taxpayer files a lawsuit claiming that the plan violates the City Charter’s requirement that any investment of more than $10 million in a sports facility be approved by a public vote.
Then again, the lawyer that files such a lawsuit will have to deal with the Vikings’ version of Hulk Hogan.