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Taxpayers League President Phil Krinkie says stadium hearings are stupid

Phil Krinkie, president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota, doesn’t think much of the state Senate plans for two hearings on a proposed Vikings stadium.

In fact, he called them stupid, according to the Star Tribune.

Krinkie, on the Taxpayers League website, has consistently railed against any tax money — including racino or enhanced gambling revenue — going to support a Vikings stadium.

The paper reported that Krinkie, a former state House member, said he doesn’t see the point for the Senate’s two upcoming hearings, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, that will look at possible locations and funding for a new $1.1 billion stadium that the Vikings want built for them, with two-thirds of the funding coming from the state or local governments.

Said the story:

“All you’re going to get is a bunch of emotional, and questionable, information,” said Krinkie who, as a state legislator, presided as the House Taxes Committee chair when a public subsidy package for a new Minnesota Twins stadium won legislative approval.

“Unless you have a specific proposal on the table that lays out the financing, lays out the operation [of the stadium] and lays out the terms, what’s the point?” said Krinkie, an opponent of public subsidies for stadiums.

“Holding hearings without any specifics on the table — totally useless,” he added.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 11/21/2011 - 10:39 am.

    Holding hearings without a plan – stupid.

    Holding hearings at all – totally stupid.

  2. Submitted by Rod Loper on 11/22/2011 - 05:50 am.

    For once, I agree with “Dr. No”.

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