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Vikings Stadium Gets Through Minneapolis Council Vote

by Dan Burns on May 25, 2012 · 5 comments

And plenty of people are extremely po’d.  Now, there’s just a formality of a vote today.

The confrontation came as a group of angry protestors met in front of Minneapolis City Hall to protest the city buying in to the Viking stadium financing plan. Objections included the mayor and council refusing to put the issue to a city-wide vote and a question of priorities given the lasting tornado damage on the north side and other civic needs.

Oh, and one more issue, though it doesn’t seem to have supporters too worried:  part of it may need to clear the Minnesota Supreme Court.

But one potentially problematic piece of the $975 million plan has received scant coverage: The funding scheme to pay for the stadium is contingent on approval from the Minnesota Supreme Court. If the court determines that issuing what are known as appropriation bonds is not constitutional, the funding mechanism for the state’s $348 million share of the project disappears.

Alec May 26, 2012 at 3:10 am

I expect everyone who held an anti-stadium rally/protest/extravaganza because choosing billionaires over education or roads is wrong, to let us all know when they have their education or roads rallies planned.

My cynical side is pretty darned certain the giant concern for education and infrastructure will slowly disappear.

Prove me wrong and show me this wasn’t just a fight against the stadium. That it was actually a fight FOR something.

ericf May 26, 2012 at 3:17 am

I see opposition to subsidizing the next corporate campus or big box store. If we’re going to stop public help for private business, good. If we’re going to stop at stadiums and keep on with other businesses, for get it. I get some use of the stadium, not even just Vikings games. I don’t see a big box retailer offering some space for public use, or free use of space on the corporate campus.

And I suspect that when those are added up, the stadium isn’t that expensive.

MplsDave May 26, 2012 at 6:14 am

A few in the last few years in Minneapolis/Metro Area with public subsidy amounts that are going to add up to a commitment of a half a billion. Because that is what the stadium is going to cost in public $ not even factoring in interest.

minnesota_liberal May 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

The fight against using public funds to subsidize a billionaire absolutely WAS a fight for something: To influence an single, imminent decision that would have reflected misplaced spending priorities.  

And unless a court challenge scuttles the deal, that fight has been lost.

But you expect everyone who fought against the stadium to ignore reality, pretend the state and/or city are about to make similarly singular and imminent decisions about funding education or infrastructure and start holding rallies that might influence those decisions.


Alec May 26, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I expect progressives to care as passionately and as actively about education as they seemed to when they were fighting the stadium. I never heard so much love for eduction as I did during the stadium debate.

Why can’t we protest, demonstrate, organize and show up FOR the things we want, instead of just trying to stop the things we don’t?

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