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Vikings stadium proposal goes down

published 5/5/2010
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The Minnesota Vikings stadium proposal failed 10-9 in the House State and Local Government Operations, Reform, Technology and Elections Committee.

Sponsored by Rep. Loren Solberg (DFL-Grand Rapids), HF3825 would finance the stadium through revenue bonds issued by the Metropolitan Council and backed by a team contribution and a portion of hospitality tax revenues that currently go for the Minneapolis Convention Center debt once that building is paid off. Solberg said the bill doesn’t specify a host city for the stadium, but continues to allow various entities to negotiate a solution for the Vikings.

Chairman Rep. Gene Pelowski Jr. (DFL-Winona) said a bill isn’t needed for negotiations to continue, adding that it comes after committee deadlines that have been set for bills.

Elizabeth Glidden, Minneapolis city council member, said although the council recognizes the team as a statewide economic asset, it opposes the proposal because it “should not be one city that bears the entire burden” of paying for the stadium.

A companion, SF3399, sponsored by Sen. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), was approved 9-3 Wednesday by the Senate State and Local Government Operations and Oversight Committee.

- Patty Ostberg

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