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Continued: Vikings stadium mess: A sign of things to come?

  • Article by: JEFF JOHNSON
  • Last update: April 1, 2013 - 9:11 PM

The governor who didn’t know the stadium legislation allowed the Vikings to charge seat licensing fees to cover a portion of the team’s contribution is crafting an exchange that will detail the mandatory benefits of insurance policies allowed in it.

The governor who accepted revenue estimates on electronic pulltabs that ended up being embarrassingly wrong is now estimating the cost of a state-run health exchange.

The governor who relied on gambling interests to advise him on gambling expansion is now relying on federal bureaucrats to advise him on government health care expansion.

What could possibly go wrong?

If the stadium fiasco is any indication, we’ll know shortly when Gov. Dayton issues a statement saying, “I don’t know what caused the health insurance exchange to go awry, but I know we’re going to work to correct it.”

Yes, we’re lacking leadership on the Vikings stadium debacle in the governor’s office right now, but leadership is not the biggest issue. The biggest issue is the direction our leader is headed.

With a backpack full of “good faith” intentions and taxpayer dollars, Mark Dayton is headed into ever more “uncharted territory” where government doesn’t belong, has no authority to be involved and has no expertise to be messing around.

But no worries. If anything goes wrong, we’ll “work to correct that.”


Jeff Johnson, of Plymouth, is a member of the Hennepin County Board and is Minnesota’s Republican National Committeeman.

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