To the Editor:
Some people are happy the Vikings are getting a new stadium and others are ambivalent, however many people take issue with the proposal that passed the legislature.
Funding was the main reason, with the creation of electronic pulls tabs (no proven revenue track record), to NFL Football tip boards (illegal by federal law). Reports after the fact explain that the Vikings owner will ultimately cough up $25-30 million and the state, $400,000,000.
Media reports of thousands of jobs created also doesn’t add up.
Chisago (and Isanti) counties are proud that their own Sen. Sean Nienow and Rep. Bob Barrett voted against the passage of the stadium bill, holding true to their promise to be good stewards of the tax payer’s dollar.
In both houses there were more democrats voting for the bill than against it and more Republicans voting against it than for it. Had there been a fiscally responsible proposal that doesn’t fund the stadium at the expense of schools and health care (the stadium bonds will be the first thing paid every budget year) there would have been overwhelming support.
Those who voted no were not opposing a stadium, just a really bad deal for Minnesota taxpayers. Governor Dayton wanted this stadium and the Democrats delivered with some moderate Republicans helping.
When this deal goes south and Minnesotans have to cover the shortfalls in funding, they should remember the progressives and moderates left them holding the tab. Minnesota will be waiting a long time to recoup this investment.