Stadium quotes

A bipartisan group of state legislators have unveiled State legislators have unveiled a plan to pay for a Minnesota Vikings stadium with new taxes on hotel stays, car rentals, sports memorabilia and a sports-themed lottery game. Here’s what some of the key players are saying:

Lester Bagley, Minnesota Vikings: “A roof, while very important for the state and the community, does not benefit the Vikings. It benefits the state and the community. So, I think there needs to be a good discussion as to how we pay for the roof and what the owner contribution is. So we will have a chance to talk about that as we go through the process here.”

Sen. Tim Bakk, DFL-Cook: “This project will put thousands of construction trades people to work. And we anticipate that the payroll from the construction of this stadium will be in the neighborhood of $300 million of wages.”

Bill Blazer, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: “We feel pretty strongly that a solution can be found without creating any new state general fund taxes, or for that matter, increasing an existing general fund tax.”

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano: “I don’t believe in taxpayer funds being used to fund stadiums. If you do that then there are a lot of businesses in this state that should be asking for the same type of treatment.”

House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, DFL-MInneapolis: “I think there’s a real issue. No one wants the Vikings to leave. But it’s awfully late in this game to be able to push this bill.”

Phil Krinkie, Taxpayers League of Minnesota: “To stand up here and say that the budget has been resolved, and we’ve got nothing to do for two weeks except talk about a Vikings stadium is just absurdity.

Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead: “A new stadium is not going to be possible unless there is a local government that is willing to step forward and help make this happen. That was the case for the Twins. It will be the case for any stadium now going forward.”

Gov. Tim Pawlenty: “Well it’s also just out of sync in the sense that they haven’t solved the budget deficit yet. And so to the extent that they’re fiddling around with the Vikings stadium, my question first is going to be where’s the rest of your budget solution? They don’t have it yet.”

Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller, DFL-Minneapolis: “There are two weeks left in the session and the bill just got introduced. Nothing beyond that. It just seems like a tall order.”

Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont: “I would challenge anyone to say Target Field was a mistake.”

Rep, Loren Solberg, DFL-Grand Rapids: “As chair of the Ways and Means Committee, I’m very committed to promoting long term investments in our state economy. The Vikings provide a great deal of economic activity and contribute significantly to the state budget.”

  • Peacenic

    Let Minneapolis pay for stadium with entertainment tax they still collect originally enacted to pay for Metrodome. Somewhat similar to and not altogether unlike 3% state sales tax ‘Just to get us over the hump.’ Yeah, right. About time you big spenders spend your OWN money instead of everyone else’s.

  • http://www.LeslieDavis.org Leslie Davis

    NEWS RELEASE BY LESLIE DAVIS

    Leslie Davis for Governor

    http://www.LeslieDavis.org

    May 4, 2010

    Contact: Leslie Davis 612/522-9433

    Leslie Davis to the primary

    Leslie Davis officially announced today that he will enter the August 10th Republican Party gubernatorial primary election.

    Davis said, “I will not sit idly by while Tom Emmer, the endorsed Republican Party candidate for Governor, and his cohorts, Coleman, Weber, Palin, Gingrich, et al, further the financial destruction of Minnesota and America. At this critical time in our history, having an insurance company lawyer representing our great state and the wonderful people of Minnesota is abhorrent to me.”

    Had Mr. Seifert been the endorsed candidate I could have supported him because he would have supported the Davis Money Plan. Tom Emmer wouldn’t even read it. Even though I disagree with Mr. Seifert on the expansion of nuclear power and continuing the drug war, he is an ethical and reasonable man who, over time, may have been influenced to re-consider his position on those issues.

    On the contrary, I have observed Tom Emmer carefully during the many months of campaigning and I have determined that he is a shallow, mean-spirited demagogue. While it is no secret that Emmer is an insurance company lawyer, he often obfuscated that fact by referring to himself as a small business owner. No one I know considers a lawyer a small business owner. Emmer has sworn an oath to the judiciary (MS 358.07) and that is where his loyalty lies. He cannot serve fairly.

    Davis said he will continue his quest for the Governorship because his Money Plan is the only way to restore Minnesota’s economy and balance the budget. Implementing the Davis Money Plan will create jobs and the cash flow needed by the economy with no new debt, no new taxes, and no cuts to programs.

    The Davis Money Plan provides for a statute that will enable state-regulated banks to create the money, just like they do now when they make loans, to pay for the construction and maintenance of all Minnesota roads and bridges. The exception is that under the Davis Plan, the new electronic numbers will be an evidence of wealth not debt. Remember, “you can’t pay debt with debt and get out of debt.”

    -30-