Funding for new Vikings stadium follows path used for Twins park
In what could be one of the final efforts lawmakers in Minnesota have to keep the Vikings from calling a moving company, creators of a bill to use public money for the construction of a new stadium will allow a local government to boost sales taxes for the funding without putting the measure before a public vote.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the bill mirrors a successful yet controversial approach taken to help lay the groundwork for the construction of Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins.
Per the report, it could be seen as the difference between getting a new home for the Vikings built and not getting it done.
“If they want to put it to a vote, they can do so," Rep. Morrie Lanning told the Star Tribune. "(But) they will have the option" of avoiding a referendum.
The public has long been opposed to the use of public funds to build stadiums in Minnesota. Those opposed say the Twins stadium never would have been born without the maneuver to shield a tax increase from a vote.
Per the report, the Vikings would contribute $1 to the project for every $2 raised by state and local taxpayers. The plan is for the state to kick in up to $300 million. There is already a great deal of rancor and it’s fair to say the push for a new stadium isn’t off to the best start.
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