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GOP Senate leader says action on Vikings stadium bill ‘inconceivable’

The Vikings stadium bill, which is awaiting a hearing and which is generating very little energy at the Capitol, took a big hit today when the Republican assistant Senate majority leader said: “It is inconceivable that we would fund a stadium to help multi-million dollar athletes pay their mortgages while many middle class Minnesotans are struggling to pay theirs.”

In a statement issued by the GOP Senate caucus, Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, said:  “I acknowledge the Minnesota Vikings are a state asset. However, Republicans campaigned on the message of sensible government, low taxes and decreased regulation. The voters sent us a clear message. 

“As legislators, we are making tough decisions relating to education, public safety and the health of our most vulnerable citizens. … The focus of the legislature should be on creating a business friendly environment that facilitates success for the Minnesota Vikings and every other job provider in our state.”

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Dan Hinton on 04/14/2011 - 06:43 am.

    Finally, a Republican remembers what they campaigned on! That is, keeping gov’t out of the private sector. Subsidizing a highly profitable NFL franchise to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars is the last thing GOP supports expected when they voted last fall.

    Where is the Tea Party on this issue? I would surely have expected them to take a stand against this type of welfare? Are they just being silent or have I missed something?

  2. Submitted by William Jewell on 04/16/2011 - 06:35 pm.

    Mall of America, if there was “No” tax money involved and we could get close to $1 Billion for Naming Rights and an economic impact of $100 Billion over 25 yrs and $300 Million in State Tax money what would Sen. Thompspn say then? MOA will bring in 15 million new tourists a year for 12,000 Jobs and it’s a great fun and easy place to go to, so why not? Every site should have a chance and have the numbers look at, will it happen, call the Gov. and voice your thoughts and get the… vikingbuzz.

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