Last month’s tearing of the Metrodome roof and the dumping of snow onto Mall of America Field brought lots of swift calls for a new Vikings stadium, which were promptly answered by a vow from state Sen. Julie Rosen that a stadium bill would be offered in the Legislature by late January.
But now Rosen, a Republican from Fairmont, tells the Strib’s Mike Kaszuba that it might take a little longer.
Her earlier timeline was “maybe a little optimistic,” she said, because the session just began and she’s on six committees, too.
A stadium bill might be tricky for Republican lawmakers, now in the majority, Kaszuba notes, with the $6.2 billion deficit and all. And the team still hasn’t hooked up with a local partner to help finance the stadium — like the Twins did with Hennepin County to raise taxes for Target Field.
But she’s still on the case, Rosen said, because even with so much going on, “the Vikings will always [be] a priority for myself, and many people.”