Vikings: House vote unworkable; The other side of the bridge; Catholic marriage campaign

Vikings bill passes House

News Cut:

The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Vikings stadium bill after nine hours of debate on a 73-to-58 vote. Here’s the entire bill. The major changes were:

** State will share in naming rights income and will cap state portion of construction costs. The Vikings do not like this provision.

** Provides a 25% payment of the TOTAL SELLING PRICE to the state if the Vikings sell. That percentage is reduced 1% each year. The original bill called for a payment of the PROFIT only.

** The Vikings, rather than the stadium authority, would be responsible for operating overruns once the stadium is running

Capitol View has the vote count.

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  • Scott

    Please understand I live in Stillwater and that many I talk to do not want the bridge as we do not need to cross the river. I am sorry to say, but the farmers fellow neighbors who want rural living but not the commute are the real bridge users. The fact is that there are so many these rural WI wannabe’s that causes the need for the highway.

    Don’t blame us, thank your neighbors