State Senate stadium hearing agendas set

Legislative leaders have now listed the schedule and agendas for two state Senate hearings on a proposed $1.1 billion Vikings stadium and the plan to use at least $650 million of public dollars to pay for it.

The Nov. 29 hearing is geared toward information about a stadium site — Minneapolis vs. Arden Hills; the Dec. 6 hearing will focus on possible ways to finance the state’s share.

Tuesday, Nov. 29
Joint Meeting: Committee on Taxes; Committee on Local Government and Elections, Chairs: Sen. Julianne E. Ortman, Sen. Ray Vandeveer

9 a.m., Room 15, Capitol. Hearing will end at 1 p.m.

Committee room has limited seating. Overflow rooms with televisions will be available for additional public seating.

 Agenda:

  • Background and Site Information
  • Testimony from:
    • a. Metropolitan Sports Commission
    • b. Vikings
    • c. Ramsey County/Arden Hills
    • d. Minneapolis
    • e. Public testimony related to site specific support or opposition

Public testimony will be taken. Prior sign-up is highly recommended, we will accommodate others as time permits. To testify, please contact Beth Kadoun, Senate Tax Committee Administrator at beth.kadoun@senate.mn or 651-296-5640.

Tuesday, Dec. 6
Joint Meeting: Committee on Taxes; Committee on State Government Innovation and Veterans

Chairs: Sen. Julianne E. Ortman, Sen. Mike Parry

12:30 p.m., Room 15, Capitol. Hearing will end by 6 p.m.

Committee room seating is limited. Overflow rooms with televisions will be available for additional public seating.

 Agenda:

  • State and local support requested and financing options for stadium
  • NFL invited for testimony
  • Current Sources of Revenue
    • a. Arts and Cultural Funds
    • b. Minneapolis convention revenue
  • New Sources of Revenue
    • a. Charitable Gaming electronic pulltabs
    • b. Racino
    • c. Sports memorabilia sales tax
    • d. NFL income tax surcharge
    • e. Ticket surcharge on professional sports
    • f. Block E   [added late in the day by Senate staffers]
  • Public testimony

Prior sign-up is highly recommended for public testimony; we will accommodate others as time permits. To testify, please contact Beth Kadoun, Senate Tax Committee Administrator, at beth.kadoun@senate.mn or 651-296-5640.

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