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Vikes: We don't want to wait for next year

Posted at 10:10 AM on November 2, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics, Sport, Taxes

From MPR News reporter Tim Nelson:

The Vikings say they don't want to wait for next year's legislative session to win an agreement at the Capitol for a new stadium.

Team vice president Lester Bagley said this morning that the Vikings were disappointed that GOP house speaker Kurt Zellers sent a message to Republicans saying he didn't support a special stadium session.

Ultimately, it's up to legislative leaders and the governor to put a package together and determine the timing. We're going to push hard to get it done yet this fall, because it only goes up in cost, and it gets harder once the lease expires, and we're trying the best we can to get that package into focus.

The team has proposed a 1.1 billion dollar partnership with Ramsey County and the state for a new stadium in Arden Hills. That plan was thrown in doubt yesterday when state leaders said they likely wouldn't sanction a sales tax to pay the local share. Ramsey County officials say they don't think they can win local approval for the tax, either.

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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.

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