Vikings stadium bill stalled before it starts

April, 26, 2011
4/26/11
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Amid the unprecedented nature of Tuesday's labor events in the NFL, here is some news that comes as something less than a shock. The committee that would hold the first hearing for the Minnesota Vikings' stadium proposal can't schedule it before Friday's state legislature deadline for hearing on bills.

As a result, Mike Kaszuba of the Star Tribune writes, bill authors would have to seek special dispensation from another committee to have the bill heard after Friday. Rep. Joyce Peppin, the chairman of the House Government Operations and Elections Committee, said she "won't kill the bill" but that she didn't have a date available yet for a hearing.

The bill calls for a stadium to be built on a yet-to-be-determined site, paid for via an equal one-third split between the state, the team and the local government that hosts construction. Gov. Mark Dayton, however, said Monday he expects the Vikings to pay substantially more -- up to 50 percent.

There is no sense trying to predict what will happen. Politics doesn't fit into such a neat box. But here's what we can establish as fact with about a month remaining in the 2011 state legislative session:
  • There is significant disagreement about the best site on which to build, and the Vikings have yet to state a preference.
  • Even the most ardent stadium supporters are suggesting the Vikings pay substantially more than they have ever offered.
  • The NFL's continuing labor strife has eliminated up to $150 million in funding.
  • Special dispensation will be required simply to get the bill in front of the first committee in a labyrinth path to a full vote.

I'll let you do the math from there.

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