Vikings stadium not part of this special session — maybe not later, either

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.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by David Greene on 07/19/2011 - 01:45 pm.

    Let ’em go! They don’t contribute anything to the community anyway.

  2. Submitted by Erich Russell on 07/19/2011 - 05:50 pm.

    Oh yeah, what about speeding ticket revenues?

  3. Submitted by Bruce Pomerantz on 07/19/2011 - 07:44 pm.

    The Republicans stood fast in concrete not to raise anyone’s taxes for the health and welfare of the State of Minnesota. Will they allow Ramsey County commissioners to raise the sales tax without a citizens’ vote for the welfare of a football owner? I’m gonna love the next legislative session when they attempt to square that circle.

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