Atkins on e-pulltab gambling: “We need to at least start considering other options”

joe atkinsRep. Joe Atkins, (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) said he thinks the time has come to start considering Plan B for financing the Vikings stadium other than electronic pulltabs.

“I think you are about to hear, from more than just me, we need to at least start considering other options in addition to e-tabs,” he said in an email today.

Of course, there already has been some movement: GOP Rep. Tom Hackbarth says he thinks racino will fix the problem.

Atkins is not offering any specifics — or whether it’s a long term or one-year solution to the revenue shortfall. State officials said this morning that the state isn’t  ready to give up Plan A yet, but acknowledge that the roll out is falling far behind schedule.

 

  • James

    Old buildings should be preserved when they have utility and economic viability with no, or extremely limited public investment required. It is a fine line between a nice old building and a white elephant. Like it or not, the cost of meeting regulatory standards (ADA, etc.), heating and cooling and providing modern telecommunications infrastucture is going to relegate some nice old buildings to the scrap heap.

  • Gary F

    Lead paint, asbestos in the pipe insulation and ceiling tile adhesives, mold, lack of insulation, inefficient windows, lack of ADA compliant ramps/elevators, outdated mechanical and electrical systems, all redone to make a coffee shop?

    At whose expense?

    Are all the pot holes and roads fixed in these towns? Their schools funded?Their public employee pension funds solvent? Senior mobility projects funded?

    Nice to have versus need to have?

  • Owen

    It is worth it when those who want it preserved are willing to pay the cost. Tax money should not be involved.

  • david

    Shame to see some of those old schools go. Having grown up since 4th grade in an outer suburb, I attended school in the most uninspiring cinder block pole barns apathetic communities could conceive. Now small towns are dying and I can’t see many being able to afford to repurpose these buildings after generations of building public infrastructure being scorned as a bad thing. Without a vibrant tourist business the private sector won’t take on the risk. Easier to bulldoze and slap up a precast walmart. Who needs a soul.

  • david

    Shame to see some of those old schools go. Having grown up since 4th grade in an outer suburb, I attended school in the most uninspiring cinder block pole barns apathetic communities could conceive. Now small towns are dying and I can’t see many being able to afford to repurpose these buildings after generations of building public infrastructure being scorned as a bad thing. Without a vibrant tourist business the private sector won’t take on the risk. Easier to bulldoze and slap up a precast walmart. Who needs a soul.

  • JQP

    here is a case of small-minded, short-sighted, in-the-box thinking.
    1) the district and the community should have been seeking to sell that building for $1 the day the decided to build a new school somewhere else.

    2) if the building didn’t sell, then immediately after transfer to the new school – they should have sold everything of value ( copper pipes, hardwood floors, trim-wood, doors, windows, stone work, etc. ) with Buyer to remove ant own expense)

    3) after all value is extracted from building. – raze the site for future development.

  • JQP

    here is a case of small-minded, short-sighted, in-the-box thinking.
    1) the district and the community should have been seeking to sell that building for $1 the day the decided to build a new school somewhere else.

    2) if the building didn’t sell, then immediately after transfer to the new school – they should have sold everything of value ( copper pipes, hardwood floors, trim-wood, doors, windows, stone work, etc. ) with Buyer to remove ant own expense)

    3) after all value is extracted from building. – raze the site for future development.

  • PaulJ

    That’s a question for the specialists and the locals. I mean, I think my boyhood home should be preserved but that’s just one man’s opinion.

  • PaulJ

    That’s a question for the specialists and the locals. I mean, I think my boyhood home should be preserved but that’s just one man’s opinion.