"We're focusing on the state budget" was GOP legislative leaders' mantra Friday as they responded to reporters' questions about a new Vikings stadium proposal, to be financed by fees and specialty taxes.
For stadium advocates, such ambiguity has to be encouraging.
These are the same Republicans who have employed a different mantra all year long when asked about other state-authorized tax increases: "No. We're broke. Must live within our means."
It may be that the thought of a sales tax on clothing emblazoned with sports team logos, for the sake of new NFL team home, isn't as revolting to Republican legislators as the thought of a sales tax on clothing for the sake of the elderly, disabled and schools.
So here's another thought: Could tailors be employed to stitch Vikings' logos on more garments, and a new stadium sales tax be used in part to keep nursing homes open and teachers employed?
Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial board member, editorial writer and columnist.