Dayton on stadium: “No breakthrough moment”

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Legislative leaders stretched an hour long meeting about a stadium into more than two hours of discussion the Vikings fate this morning.

Gov. Dayton says there was no “breakthrough moment” in his behind closed door meetings with legislative leaders. Dayton, who briefed reporters along side of House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, said they talked a variety of financing options but declined to identify them. He also didn’t specify whether the stadium should be built in Minneapolis of Arden Hills.

“We’re looking at the various options, and discussing the tradeoffs that are involved, and also identifying the additional pieces of information that we need before we can make a decision, Dayton said. “You can’t ask people to make a decision when they don’t have all the facts. We’ve definitely clarified some of the remaining pieces of information, and and tasked members of our staffs to develop that information. There’s no breakthrough moment to discuss, because we haven’t reached that point.”

Dayton says he’ll release a stadium plan the week of Nov. 7 and hopes to call a special session for the week of Nov. 21. GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch said the decision on a special session is left to Dayton.

“I wouldn’t say that we’re ready for that at this point,” Koch said. “But that’s the governor’s call and we’re going to continue discussions and keep working.”

The Minnesota Vikings say they want to build the stadium in Arden Hills – that plan includes a half cent sales tax increase in Ramsey County. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is pushing to build the stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

Dayton and GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers were also careful to note that they are neutral on whether to use Legacy Amendment money to finance the stadium. GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch told MPR News on Thursday that she’s open to using Legacy funds to pay for the stadium.

Zellers declined to say whether the talks got them any closer to a final deal. Instead, he said there were plenty of things to discuss like the three new proposed sites in Minneapolis.

“This is a complicated process that is going to take a creative solution,” Zellers said. “That takes time.”

Dayton said he’ll meet again with legislative leaders next week.

  • Andrea Johnson

    I am more than distressed! What can we do to stop the construction of the Viking’s stadium all together? I think to even consider a new stadium is the dumbest thing we could do right now. Is it too late to stop it altogether???

  • Amy

    I wholeheartedly agree with you Andrea. I am ready to stand whereever it is to be built and form a human chain to block construction, I’m so ticked! How ludicrous can our government be that they somehow, only a few months after shutting down because they didn’t have money to spend on such trivial things like education, come up with one single PENNY for millionaires like the Vikings???? It is absolutely appalling the effort they are putting into this non-necessity when we have public schools that are being funded at 30% of what they are entitled to!!! Write all your elected officials, and stay tuned because this just can’t happen. If they have $300 million (plus the $350 million I’d kick into being a Ramsey county resident) they have the other 70% to give to our children’s education!

  • Linnae Middleton

    When will we go to these great lengths (seeking ‘any solution’ and a special session to consider gambling and/or Legacy money) for our decrepit schools & educational system?

    The payoff of a $300 million school rebuilding plan would be a lot longer-lasting than helping a NJ businessman keep a team in Minnesota, and the construction jobs would be spread throughout our state.

    Kids who are well-educated offend less, are more inventive/resourceful/resilient, and have better incomes (thus paying more in taxes).

    Citizens, where are our priorities?

  • rik

    Regardless of the issue, I am continuously disappointed that the modern press can’t seem to get grammar or spelling correct. “He also didn’t specify whether the stadium should be build in Minneapolis of Arden Hills.

    “… build in Minneapolis of Arden Hills.”?

    How about… built in Minneapolis or Arden Hills?

    As a MnSCU faculty member, our problems are culturally greater than the site of a football team. BTW, Go Vikings!!! I’m a fan, but I haven’t suspended my critical thinking skills as such. From my perspective, too many of the citizens may have.

    Cheers

  • rik

    Regardless of the issue, I am continuously disappointed that the modern press can’t seem to get grammar or spelling correct. “He also didn’t specify whether the stadium should be build in Minneapolis of Arden Hills.”

    “… build in Minneapolis of Arden Hills.”?

    How about… built in Minneapolis or Arden Hills?

    As a MnSCU faculty member, our problems are culturally greater than the site of a football team. BTW, Go Vikings!!! I’m a fan, but I haven’t suspended my critical thinking skills as such. From my perspective, too many of the citizens may have.

    Cheers

  • Juan

    As long as you’re correcting grammar:

    “As a MnSCU faculty member, our problems are culturally greater than the site of a football team.”

    feel free to fix your own sentence.

  • Fern

    Mark Dayton, sycophant to New Jersey businessmen.