Dayton wants quick decision on Vikings stadium

Gov. Mark Dayton wants a decision made on a Vikings stadium early in the new year, so legislators can deal with the issue right away in the coming session.

There’s still no consensus on where a proposed stadium would go — Minneapolis or Arden Hills — or how the state and local governments will come up with the $650 million public subsidy that the Vikings want for the $1.1 billion stadium.

In an interview with Fox 9 News, Dayton he wants a vote by the end of the January, soon after the Legislature convenes Jan. 24:

Dayton told FOX 9 News that the reason he wants to get things moving is to avoid letting the issue get tangled up with other initiatives as the session picks up, but the political calculation got more complicated last week.

That’s a reference, of course, to the state Senate leadership flap following the abrupt resignation of Majority Leader Amy Koch after allegations of an affair with a subordinate.

But the television station said Dayton declined to comment on Koch’s situation.

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