After budget deal, Wilf renews push for Vikings stadium

Proponents of a new Vikings stadium are renewing efforts to secure public funds now that an agreement to solve the state budget impasse appears within reach.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf spoke with Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday, according to team vice president Lester Bagley. Bagley said the team was hoping to get a deal done during next week’s expected special session. (MPR)

Has the budget impasse changed your view on the need of a new stadium for the Vikings?

  • Drae

    The federal government won’t help North Minneapolis, and the Vikings want the people of Minnesota to worry about their housing situation? Maybe that Metrodome for a buck proposal wasn’t so bad after all, huh?

  • John O.

    Derailing a tenuous budget agreement over a stadium for a professional football team in a league that has it’s own issues to resolve makes no sense whatsoever.

  • Al

    The budget impasse hasn’t changed my views of public funding for a Vikings stadium. It’s wrong to line the pockets of billionaires with taxpayer money regardless of the budget!

  • Scott

    Public funds to finance a private enterprise? Does that mean everyone who doesn’t support the idea doesn’t have to pay taxes anymore?

  • Gardengurl

    Nothing’s changed: don’t need the Vikings, certainly don’t care to pay for their stadium. Let them go to LA, where the culture is more tolerant of overpaid whiners. How inappropriate of Wilf to call the Governor so soon after a possible budget deal is announced. Hit the road.

  • Bonnie

    The deal will happen, why delay it. That’s a lot of good jobs waiting. Let’s get to it. Putting it off because it looks “insensitive” is ridiculous, but I guess politically necessary.

  • Amy

    If the legislature puts one penny towards a new stadium for the Vikings, I will be calling, emailing, and organizing every way I can against it. When I just gave up my 2 week paycheck for basically nothing, and the state of MN now owes the schools 2.8 billion, to give the Vikings even ONE PENNY is absolutely enraging! I’ll form a human chain of protesters if I have to, but they aren’t getting not ONE PENNY from my sales tax, my income tax, or my Ramsey county taxes you better believe it!!

  • Amy

    If the legislature puts one penny towards a new stadium for the Vikings, I will be calling, emailing, and organizing every way I can against it. When I just gave up my 2 week paycheck for basically nothing, and the state of MN now owes the schools 2.8 billion, to give the Vikings even ONE PENNY is absolutely enraging! They aren’t getting not ONE PENNY from my sales tax, my income tax, or my Ramsey county taxes you better believe it!! If the state can’t afford to fully fund Minnesotan children’s education, it certainly can’t afford a billionaire team and that’s the reality. I won’t be the first or last person to say “see ya, bye~!”

  • lucy

    Raising taxes on families who are already living from paycheck to paycheck and not taxing $7,700 wealth accumulators. This seems so obviously unbalanced. Please tell me I am missing something and my facts are wrong.

    If the shut down didn’t cause rioting…this might

  • Shannon

    @Bonnie: What jobs are they adding by building a new stadium? Not an attack here, I just hear it so often and I wonder where the information came from. Certainly the people who work at the Metrodome will lose their jobs and, if the new complex is built in Arden Hills, many of those current employees will not be able to get to work (transit to Arden Hills is less than stellar, I imagine).

    Sure there’s some additional jobs added for construction, but they will be temporary. Still good to have people working for a while, but building a new stadium doesn’t appear to make new, long-term jobs on its own.

  • Jack

    The Vikings need to get in line. When the schools get their overdue funding, then we can start talking stadium.

    I’m so excited (NOT!) to see my property taxes potentially increase to cover yet another accounting shift to “balance” the budget. Forcing the districts to borrow money (and not at 0% interest) is unconscionable. It’s not enough to have to deal with unfunded mandates, the schools have to pay interest on money the state promised them.

    It’s time to put the state government on real accrual accounting to see how much we are really out of balance. No other business could get away with this type of accounting – it is a violation of GAAP (which unfortunately doesn’t seem to apply to the state government).

    I’m more than willing to pay higher income taxes. It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road.

    So Vikings – time to take a number. Check back in about 20 years.

  • Rich

    What politician in their right mind would sign on for a stadium deal?

    I mean shifting and deferring payments, borrowing 2.8 billion from schools and leveraging the tobacco fund is one thing …..

    But a stadium?

  • Jeremy H

    No way in hell should the population fund this playground for the rich. Forget about your spillover economics as we are all struggling to make it right now. Ownership of the team and the NFL fund this alone. We are tapped out. No more debt spending Minnesota!! Pay your bills!!

  • Tyler

    I would like to reflect everyone’s outrage by using caps: HAS EVERYONE FORGOTTEN THAT THE NFL LOCKOUT IS BASED ON HOW TO SPLIT UP $9 BUH-BUH-BILLION DOLLARS IN ANNUAL REVENUE?