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Minnesota Senate restores language nullifying Minneapolis City Charter

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Apparently, John Kerry and Mitt Romney are now serving in the Minnesota Senate.

Hours after the Senate amended the Vikings stadium bill to exclude language that would nullify a provision of the Minneapolis City Charter regarding a referendum for sports facilities to which the city would devote more than $10 million, the Senate has put the language back in, according to Patrick Kessler of WCCO-TV.

And so the endless process of adding amendments has now expanded to removing amendments.

Eventually, the Minnesota Senate will vote on the measure.

We think.

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41 Responses to “Minnesota Senate restores language nullifying Minneapolis City Charter”
  1. conormacleod says: May 8, 2012 8:49 PM

    Good luck in your next job boys, because you are all getting voted out of office.

  2. wludford says: May 8, 2012 8:50 PM

    Good. State doesn’t have any business second-guessing Minneapolis City Council and their Counsel.

  3. 86chawk says: May 8, 2012 8:50 PM

    Politics at its best! Do all of these clowns hitch a ride to work on the short bus? Man i feel sorry for the people of Minnesota having to put up with such incompotence!

  4. howiefeltersnatch says: May 8, 2012 8:51 PM

    I like the Vikings and all but I really couldn’t care less about the inner workings of the Minnesota legislature.

  5. duece5 says: May 8, 2012 8:51 PM

    Bang biscuit!!

    The Senate will vote it in…….the conference committess will hash it out, and the Vikes and the State will meet in the middle, splitting the 105 mil. difference down the road. The state knows Wilf won’t go up to 105 mil, but half that is workable.

    Get it done……

  6. j4g3rb0mb3d says: May 8, 2012 8:51 PM

    FLIP-FLOP!

  7. wtfchiefs says: May 8, 2012 8:54 PM

    Politicians piss me off.

  8. nineroutsider says: May 8, 2012 8:58 PM

    All of this adds up to a deal getting done so Vike fans chill out! Trust me this is how it gets done. The Vikes are going nowhere.

  9. eegwaybeegway says: May 8, 2012 8:59 PM

    Leave the referendum language in. Those paying taxes should have the right to vote whether or not they want that added financial burden. The Vikings are showing themselves as greedy neighbors and as a taxpayer in Minnesota, I’m growing sick of their attitude. Let them go if they’re going to persist in being poor sports.

  10. mungman69 says: May 8, 2012 9:01 PM

    Yes, the Vikings will have their new home.

  11. zapzap12 says: May 8, 2012 9:09 PM

    This stuff is crazy…These politcians need to be
    Committed..

  12. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 8, 2012 9:13 PM

    @eegwaybeegway -

    Shut up. You’ve already been paying the Minneapolis sales tax to pay for the Convention Center. It isn’t increasing, it’s just going to continue to pay for the stadium. Oh, and it probably amounts to about $1 a year for you.

  13. bigbluefan1 says: May 8, 2012 9:13 PM

    Funny a few fans are not going to vote for these guys yet everyone who could careless will vote for them.

    So are there more football fans who want the state to buy a new home for a guy who does not live in the state or are there more folks that do not want there money to build a new home for a very rich man in New Jersey?

    If the owner had his way they would be the Long Island Vikes
    Deal with it Jerry built a new home
    and so did the Giants and the Jets not the tax payers

  14. packfaninvikeland says: May 8, 2012 9:15 PM

    Im glad this is happening. Most sports fans dont pay attention to politics. Maybe this will help SOME fans see more clear how politicians are stupid and how sneakey, flip floppy they are to whatever agenda benefits them.

  15. imaginesuperbowlwin says: May 8, 2012 9:16 PM

    Florio, I gotta wonder what in God’s name are you gonna do with yourself when this thing passes? Go fishing? No pun intended…

  16. lolb23 says: May 8, 2012 9:18 PM

    We now have more stories about the Vikings on PFT than they have fans.

  17. n001363 says: May 8, 2012 9:24 PM

    Eegwaybeegway: I’m sure your tired of single handedly supporting all us Minnesotans with your hard earned dollars while we toil away 50 hours a week for free. Thanks for paying all the bills. How selfish of me to fork over a measly 23k annually to the state and want to watch Football on Sundays. Forgive Me and the Vikings for being poor sports. We could never hold a candle to your financial contribution to the states success!

  18. n001363 says: May 8, 2012 9:25 PM

    Lolb23: Doubt it!

  19. eegwaybeegway says: May 8, 2012 9:25 PM

    @ thankheavenfornumberseven: The Vikings showed their true colors when they got all miffed about having to pay another $100 million toward a stadium that will boost the value of their stadium 8 times that number. So you shut up and I’ll keep my tax money.

  20. energized5kvbuzz says: May 8, 2012 9:37 PM

    “The total cost of Lucas Oil Stadium was $720 million. The stadium is being financed with funds raised by the State of Indiana and the City of Indianapolis, with the Indianapolis Colts providing $100 million.”

    On Sirius NFL radio ther were saying how Wolf putting up 427 million is the 3rd or 4th largest private contribution to a public funded stadium. I don’t see the Viking ownership willing to spend more then they already offered after looking at what other ownerships groups have contributed to public funded stadiums.

  21. adubsinpurple says: May 8, 2012 9:39 PM

    not sure what is more pathetic, the children in the senate, or me watching the children in the senate.

  22. scytherius says: May 8, 2012 9:44 PM

    Believe me, alll states have idiots like this … but good god MN, how DID you elect these morons???

  23. vikingdoode says: May 8, 2012 9:45 PM

    im sorry this should have been done in 2010/11 regardless of whose fault. Knowing the lease is expiring and owners like to develop…just dont understand why the state and arden hill donate the worthless land to the Viking and give them tax breaks, tax the schmidt out of the merchandise… Unless The Wilfs really don’t have the money to play like the Krafts and the Jones…..I really understand is that Minnesota is small and the pockets of the legislature are greased by a powerfull few who have the cash….Indians WHY Racino will never get passed, Star Tribune, they own land right next to the dome. Im hoping i go to sleep and the officals tell me i will be paying .05 cent more on stuff around where I live.

  24. Deb says: May 8, 2012 9:53 PM

    @bigbluefan1 …

    Most football stadiums are built with some kind of public monies, even if they’re later repaid. Jerry Jones certainly didn’t build that monstrosity with no assistance.

  25. dougydougdoug says: May 8, 2012 9:59 PM

    “We now have more stories about the Vikings on PFT than they have fans.”

    We have a winner!!!

  26. energized5kvbuzz says: May 8, 2012 10:02 PM

    “The total cost of Lucas Oil Stadium was $720 million. The stadium is being financed with funds raised by the State of Indiana and the City of Indianapolis, with the Indianapolis Colts providing $100 million.”

    On Sirius NFL radio ther were saying how Wilf putting up 427 million is the 3rd or 4th largest private contribution to a public funded stadium. I don’t see the Viking ownership willing to spend more then they already offered after looking at what other ownerships groups have contributed to public funded stadiums.

  27. wtfchiefs says: May 8, 2012 10:07 PM

    lolb23 says:May 8, 2012 9:18 PM

    We now have more stories about the Vikings on PFT than they have fans.
    ————————————————————

    I’ll take anything over another pointless Tebow story

  28. washstnative says: May 8, 2012 10:08 PM

    Maybe a few folks are humming this: http://youtu.be/tTlbsBlsqok

  29. johnnyjagfan says: May 8, 2012 10:10 PM

    Will the Senate or House be left looking like the “tax increaser”? That’s your game, football fans. We’ve seen passes, punts and kicks in this battle.

  30. crabboil says: May 8, 2012 10:30 PM

    In light of Cris Carter’s admission that he placed bounties on opposing players, I hope those scumbag cheater Vikings get moved to L.A.

    Skool Vikings!

    LOL!!

  31. adubsinpurple says: May 8, 2012 10:31 PM

    It outcry from fans have been awesome here in Minnesota over this issue. So don’t say the Vikes don’t have fans. the reason this stadium still has a chance to pass is because of the fans you moran

  32. TxGrown says: May 8, 2012 10:50 PM

    bigbluefan1 says:
    “Deal with it Jerry built a new home
    and so did the Giants and the Jets not the tax payers”
    ———————————————————————–
    Jerry built a new home?
    Not the taxpayers?
    Really?
    You don’t really know do you?

  33. 12is3times4 says: May 8, 2012 10:52 PM

    conormacleod: “Good luck in your next job boys, because you are all getting voted out of office.”

    They probably figure they’re getting voted out of office no matter which way they vote – either by p!$$ed-off taxpayers if the bill passes, or by p!$$ed-off Viking fans if the team skips town (granted, there likely is a significant overlap between these two factions) – so with nothing to lose in terms of reelection, they’ve decided they’d rather have as their legacy a new stadium than seeing the Vikings leave.

  34. veence69 says: May 8, 2012 10:55 PM

    Elections have consequences. Even I have found myself sipping the Tea – but what I’d really prefer is strong, black coffee.

    After all, I AM an American.

  35. wludford says: May 8, 2012 11:01 PM

    This Senate debate is much worse than the House debate. The House debate and amendments were much more constructive and respectful. The Senate debate is full of recrimination and BS.

  36. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 8, 2012 11:17 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    May 8, 2012 9:13 PM
    @eegwaybeegway -

    Shut up. You’ve already been paying the Minneapolis sales tax to pay for the Convention Center. It isn’t increasing, it’s just going to continue to pay for the stadium. Oh, and it probably amounts to about $1 a year for you.

    —–

    Nice language. You guys are classy. Oh, and how will they fund the convention center when they start diverting tax funds from it? From other taxes, that’s where. Or will it be able to generate enough income to cover expenses? That’s a lot of boat shows.

  37. crabboil says: May 8, 2012 11:40 PM

    adubsinpurple says:
    May 8, 2012 10:31 PM
    It outcry from fans have been awesome here in Minnesota over this issue. So don’t say the Vikes don’t have fans. the reason this stadium still has a chance to pass is because of the fans you moran

    ——

    This is pure magic… It can’t be real, can it?

  38. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 8, 2012 11:50 PM

    eegwaybeegway says:May 8, 2012 9:25 PM

    @ thankheavenfornumberseven: The Vikings showed their true colors when they got all miffed about having to pay another $100 million toward a stadium that will boost the value of their stadium 8 times that number. So you shut up and I’ll keep my tax money.
    _________

    Glad to see you’ve really thought this out. Obviously, the Vikings are going to be willing to put in a little more dough, but they aren’t going to bend over and say they’re happy about it. The Senate would have put in an amendment to make them pay an additional $300 million.

    And perhaps you didn’t understand. You’re going to pay that tax money whether they build a stadium or not. The tax is already there. Oh, were you counting on it going away when the Convention Center is paid off? When has that ever happened?

  39. teamnorsecore says: May 9, 2012 12:19 AM

    Carl…….like you should even have an opinion on this. Why are you even commenting?

  40. skolvikesskol says: May 9, 2012 1:17 AM

    DUH!!! The stadium doesnt happen if the senate doesnt rail road the process. We here in mpls view political medling as a hobby…

  41. dbreinki says: May 9, 2012 3:05 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt can’t help it, he is incapable of saying anything constructive about the Vikings or the people of Minnesota – even though the only reason anyone in Minnesota even knows who he is, is because of his drunken, rambling call-ins to KFAN in the Twin Cities.
    Don’t worry Carl, we will all still keep laughing AT you during those intoxicated call-ins and we won’t hold it against you when you continue to name-call Vikings fans…. We’ll just keep feeling sorry for you, as always.
    And, we will keep listening for your slurring diatribes on how Wisconsin/Packer fans are so much more sophisticated than Minnesota/Vikings fans…. Right… OK Carl.

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