Dayton talks Vikings, budget and redistricting

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Gov. Dayton announced today that it would cost the state of Minnesota $240 million to make road improvements and other infrastructure improvements to an Arden Hills site that could be the home to the new stadium.

Dayton said the highway improvements should be considered the state’s share to the stadium.

“If some of that goes to transportation, in the case of the commissioner’s (MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel) analysis, $175 million goes to transportation, then $125 million would be available to invest in other aspects of the project, construction or site acquisition or whatever. That would be the same amount that would be provided, the $300 million for the site in Minneapolis as well, so its an even-handed commitment on the part of the state.”

He also said Vikings owners told him that they’ll make an announcement later this afternoon.

On the budget, Dayton said legislative leaders have discussed a possible pathway to begin negotiations. He didn’t offer specifics but said he still wants Republicans in the House and Senate to agree on one plan.

“One budget,” Dayton said. “One Republican budget, that’s balanced and based on verifiable reliable assumption is what I’ve said until I’m blue in the face, six weeks now, is what I require to commence negotiations,” Dayton said.

Dayton also suggested that he would veto a redistricting plan because it doesn’t have broad, bipartisan approval. Republicans in the Minnesota House approved a redistricting map that redraws the lines for Minnesota’s eight congressional districts. Dayton said the proposal was “an interesting configuration” for rural Minnesota but wouldn’t say whether he would veto the bill. When told the Democrats don’t like the proposal, he said “well then it doesn’t meet my standards.”

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  • Its worth noting that the Arden Hills site needs infrastructure work anyways. MNDOT has been dragging its feet to finish the Hwy 96 project as well as revamp the bridge over 35W. Oh and the Hwy 10 intersection at 96 is allegedly planned to be bridged as turned into a fly over.

    So while the price tag announced sounds bad, its very likely to be spent whether the Vikings stadium is built here or not.