The special session starting this afternoon will be strictly confined to state budget items, and there will not be a Vikings stadium bill under consideration.
And Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters he’s not sure he’ll call a special session for the team later in the year, either.
“I haven’t decided,” Dayton told reporters. “It’s not ready to be considered at this point…I take calling a special session very seriously, and something that I would not do routinely. And so, it would have to be circumstances that compel it.”
He said the matter might have to wait until the regular legislative session next year.
The team has reached a deal with Ramsey County that would impose a half-percent sales tax in the county, with contributions from the team and the state to build a $1 billion stadium in Arden Hills. But there has been much opposition from many nearby cities, including St. Paul, and there’s no indication yet of what kind of legislative support there is for the deal.
Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett expressed much frustration with the state delays, telling Rochelle Olson of the Star Tribune that team officials are not happy campers and could move the team elsewhere rather than fight the politics, Olson said on Twitter.