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Lobbyists Hired To Help

Here is an interesting note from City Pages about the Vikings recently resurgent stadium efforts:


The Minnesota Vikings’ lobbying team is showing a seven-man blitz.

Determined to get an already cash-strapped citizenry to help pay for a new stadium, Vikings brass have deployed seven high-powered lobbyists into the Capitol halls to put pressure on lawmakers.

The additional hired guns include John Knapp, a hyper-connected Republican whom we featured in our “10 Most Influential Lobbyists” story last month. For all their assembled clout, Knapp and Co. face a tall order. Confronted with a $4.6 billion budget deficit, legislators have generally given the cold shoulder to the stadium proposal (at least publicly). It will be interesting to see how/if the parameters of debate shift in the coming months.

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4 Responses to “Lobbyists Hired To Help”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    I wish Freds, Viking John and some of the other Minny residents would weigh in on this. I dont live in Minny so I dont feel comfortable commenting on this issue.

  2. Ole says:

    haven’t lived in Minnesota for several decades, but here’s my take

    the bad news – Minn. politicians aren’t gonna fund a new stadium during this recession

    the good news – neither is any other state

    conclusion – beware of some foreign billionare who may overpay for the Vikings and move them. The NFL is actively trying to enter the European market. I would hate to see the “London Vikings”. Even worse, the “Stockholm Vikings”. Dang, just thinking of the Vikings playing in an enemy country like sweden makes me sick.

  3. bigjohnny84 says:

    Good take Ole, I fear you could be right. But Europe has even less money than Minny. So we should be safe for now

  4. B. Grant says:

    The open-minded citizenry of Minnesota understand that this is a prudent investment for the financial and emotional value of the state. Problem is, that is not a majority of our citizenry. It is hard to argue against any added taxes going to schools and other agencies who have been getting cut. The legislature is in a very tough position here – its not hard to see why this is a tough sell, as there is some tough financial decisions being made.

    I think it will need revenue from some sort of “sin tax” in order to work. “Make the people who gamble, drink, and can afford to stay in high price hotels pay for it” will probably be the only hope for public funds.

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