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Stadium Not In The Budget

Mike Kasuba of the Star Tribune reports that Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will not include funding for a new Vikings stadium in his 2010 budget proposal.

Charged with trying to solve what is expected to be a $1.2 billion shortfall, the Governor said of the stadium, “That won’t be in the budget.  We don’t have a proposal.”

It is a simple statement but raises a good point.

The Viking shave been feuding with the Minneapolis Sports Commission and have supposedly been pursuing options with other secret partners.  To date, there is no real proposal that can be given a “yay” or “nay.”

Last week, Pawlenty got the hopes up of stadium supporters by suggesting that a new lottery could help fund the project.  It was only a suggestion, however, and a Governor who has already been burned by entering the politics of gambling will probably not be the one who puts his political career on the line by making an actual proposal of this nature.

The Vikings also will not want to make the proposal in regards to gambling because of the NFL’s gambling-phobic ways.

It does not mean that outside-the-box solutions aren’t out there and Pawlenty scolded legislators for not coming up with new and creative ideas to keep the Vikings.

He ribbed them by saying, “They can actually have creative thoughts.”

The Vikings only have 16 regular season home games left before their Metrodome lease expires in 2011.  At that point, the Vikings will be “free agents” of sorts and able to move wherever the best proposal comes from… even if it is outside of Minnesota borders.


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2 Responses to “Stadium Not In The Budget”

  1. Matt T. says:

    Well, these guys/gals in charge of making our state a great place to live, through business and entertainment, will have a lot of time to come up with a proposal after we elect someone else to make big decisions in their place, because the Vikings left.

    It’s not just this session or last session, either. Our state leaders and Vikings’ brass have been sitting on their hands for a decade, knowing that 2011 would come up sooner than expected. It’s a shame, and losing the Vikings would be tantamount to losing Best Buy or General Mills headquarters or the Guthrie or Walker shutting down. None of these are acceptable and should be taken serious.

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