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.”