New proposal offered for Vikings stadiumMinnesota Sports
-- A new proposal for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium is unveiled this morning before Minnesota lawmakers.
ST. PAUL - A new proposal for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium is unveiled this morning before Minnesota lawmakers.
White Earth tribal chief Erma Vizenor says she's been working on the plan for some time, adding "there's a great compelling interest to keep the Vikings in Minnesota." Backers say the proposed casino would generate enough revenue to pay the public's share of a new stadium without new taxes. White Earth officials say they've already secured financing for development and construction.
Meanwhile during his speech last night, Governor Dayton asked lawmakers to "please" pass a Vikings stadium bill this session. He says some reportedly want to avoid voting on it until after the fall elections, which he says "would be terribly unfair to the several thousand unemployed Minnesotans who could be working on that project this year, and to the Vikings."
State House Speaker, Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove), would not speculate on the chances of a Vikings stadium passing this session -- and Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem (R-Rochester) says there's one person who can bring everyone together -- that's Governor Dayton.