Two legislators playing key roles in a public subsidy plan for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium were cool Monday to a “global solution” that would include stadium plans for other professional sports teams in Minnesota.
The plan, being advocated by the Minnesota Timberwolves, which plays in Minneapolis’ Target Center, would create a regional sports authority and then issue bonds through the Metropolitan Council to raise $1.173 billion. The money would not only fund a new Vikings stadium, but also renovate Target Center, build a new St. Paul Saints ballpark and address the remaining debt on the Xcel Center in St. Paul, the home of the Minnesota Wild.
Though a Timberwolves official reportedly acknowledged that there was resistance to the plan, the team suggested that  funding for the proposal could come from a one-fifth cent metrowide sales tax, state tobacco settlement funds, a new casino in downtown Minneapolis and a Vikings lottery game.
“That’s not something I’m involved with,” said Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, who is working on a proposal for a new Vikings stadium. Lanning said he met with Glen Taylor, the Timberwolves owner, but said they did not discuss a specific proposal.
“I’m focused on what I’m working on,” he said. Lanning has not released details of his Vikings proposal, but said there was a “possibility” the plan could be released this week.
Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, a likely Senate author for a new Vikings stadium plan, said she too had talked to Taylor. She agreed that other teams were looking at Vikings stadium legislation as “perhaps a good vehicle” for their stadium needs.
“[But] it gets pretty heavy, doesn’t it?” she added. “It does get a little over complicated. You have to be cognizant [that] there are a lot of needs out there, but I think we’re focused really on a [Vikings] stadium.
“It doesn’t mean that the bill may not have a little more in it that could take care of some kind of global issue,” Rosen added.

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