Will New Bill Put Vikings Stadium On Hold?
This shows once again the complete lack of organization in Minnesota State Government. The e-pulltab money is coming up short so rather than be resourceful and look for alternatives, some lawmakers want a "do over" on the Viking's stadium bill that they already passed.
According to StarTribune.com electronic pulltabs were supposed to fund the state's $384 million share of the new football stadium. But in their first year, e-pulltabs pulled in a dismal $1.7 million -- well below the $35 million a year needed -- forcing the state to scramble for alternative revenue sources, like electronic bingo games.
Instead of scrambling, state Sen. Sean Nienow says, Minnesota should slow down, put the entire stadium venture on hold, and figure out a secure way of paying for a new home for the Vikings.
"Are we really going to build a sports stadium and take money from education, health care and maintaining roads?" Nienow said in a statement Thursday. "In whose world is that a good idea?"
Of course, what he fails to mention is that the bill already passed and creating this new bill is lazy politics, but a great way to get in the press. Furthermore, it was well established during the process of passing the stadium bill that the money was not coming from schools, roads or saving puppies.
Time to get proactive and creative to raise state funds because this bill has passed.