Posted at 8:52 AM on May 3, 2006
by Ben Tesch
Yesterday the stadium bill gets sent to the Senate Rules Committee, and comes back a completely different beast altogether. Now the tax is metro-wide (and we all know Pawlenty's feelings on taxes), there are transportation projects included, and there are now two stadiums involved — and both have retractable roofs. Wha?
Maybe some political person can enlighten me, but why does a Senate committee get to dictate what kind of a roof a stadium has on it? I realize the quick answer is money, but it just doesn't make sense. Imagine you're an condo developer: if you had prospective tenants that were saying "I'd move there if you put in big skylights", wouldn't you do it?