The Minnesota Senate has released the agendas for two informational hearings on the proposed Vikings stadium.
Senate Committee on Taxes and the Committee on Local Government and Elections will hold the first joint hearing Nov. 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes background and site information. Representatives from the Metropolitan Sports Commission, Vikings, Ramsey County/Arden Hills and Minneapolis will offer testimony. The public will also be allowed to testify at both hearings.
On Dec. 6, the Committee on Taxes and the Committee on State Government Innovation and Veterans will hold a joint hearing from 12:30 p.m. To 6:00 p.m. The focus will be on state and local support for a stadium, as well as financing options. Lawmakers have invited NFL officials to testify. They will discuss current sources of revenue, including arts and cultural funds and Minneapolis convention revenue. New sources of revenue will also be addressed. That list includes electronic pulltabs, racino gambling, sports memorabilia sales tax, NFL income tax surcharge and ticket surcharges.
Discussion of the Block E casino proposal has been added to the agenda for Dec. 6.
I can imagine how troubling the stadium issue is for our elected officials. I still think this is a hostage situation that they do not deserve. I'm convinced that there is a silent majority that has given up on any "good" resolution to satisfy the Viking's demands. It is my opinion they have no right to put our government in this situation. Their compensation has been hyperinflated to the point of their own demise. They have priced themselves right out of the market. It is just plain bad business to pay for their venue. Everyone pays the ransom when this much time is devoted to a "no win" situation. I dare say we would be better off if they did pull out. Just like the Romans would have been better off without the Gladiators.