Dayton: Vikings stadium bill could come before budget-balancing deal
May 4, 2011 — 1:10pm
McKenzie Martin and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he would be open to signing a Minnesota Vikings stadium bill before the budget is done.
Lawmakers have introduced bills to get the Vikings a new stadium, but there haven’t been any hearings on the issue yet.
Dayton said he has been in constant contact with Chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Ted Mondale about a new stadium. He said, as he has before, that a new stadium would be “very worthwhile project" and could create jobs.
Dayton said lawmakers shouldn't expect a possible new stadium to be a “bargaining chip” that Republicans could use against him as budget negotiations loom. Finding a workable solution for team, he said, rest squarely with with the Legislature.
“If we don’t have a stadium and the Vikings leave, that’s their responsibility not mine,” Dayton said.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."