The Independence Party’s endorsed candidate for governor is proposing a plan for a new Vikings stadium that would have the team pay 40 percent and state taxpayer dollars pay the rest. Tom Horner says the state could pay for its portion of the stadium with revenues from a one cent increase on alcoholic drinks sold at bars and restaurants, revenue from slot machines at the state’s two horse tracks and a ticket tax at the new stadium. He said all the candidates for governor should tell the public how they plan to get the Vikings a new stadium.
“I think that’s going to be an important part of the agenda next year,” Horner said. “The Vikings lease expires in 2011. This is one more problem that was kicked down the road and so in order to get it resolved next year, I think candidates owe it to voters to put their issues on the table, put their proposals on the table.”
Horner said he also wants the Vikings to agree to sign a 40 year lease in the stadium. Horner presented his plan one day after his I-P challenger released a proposal that would pay for a stadium through gambling revenues.
You can read Horner’s full plan here.