Short take: Stadium games

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 2, 2011 - 7:20 PM
Lori Sturdevant

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"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.

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