Stadium progress on, off, on, off … and maybe on again

Where are the Republican leaders today on a Vikings stadium? 

On Wednesday, they seemed ready to say, “Forget it,’’ to a stadium deal.

Today? It’s not certain. 

In the ever-shifting world of stadium politics, there have been new shifts this morning, just a few hours after it appeared there was no chance of moving forward this year.

What’s changed is that Gov. Mark Dayton met with Republicans who have attempted to push a stadium deal up a very high hill.

The result of that meeting: The governor and those stadium supporters — Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead,  and Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont — are pledging to get a stadium deal done “this year’’ using some form of gaming revenues to pay for the deal. (Best bet on gaming revenues would be charitable gaming changes, allowing electronic devices, simply because that form of change would create the least resistence.)

Doing a deal “this year’’ presumably means a special session. Lanning apparently is pushing hard, noting that Minnesotans on all sides of the issue are tired of the blather.

What isn’t clear is whether Republican legislative leaders will put their shoulders into a deal.

Given what we’ve seen to date, that seems unlikely.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 11/03/2011 - 02:26 pm.

    All I can say about gaming revenue is you better have a plan “B” in case it falls short. And that plan better not be to put taxpayers on the hook for short falls. Problem is the NFL and Wilf would never put themselves on the hook for shortfalls so unless the sponsors of this deal are complete idiots it’s probably dead in the water.

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