Dayton: I'll seriously consider Vikes stadium session

Posted at 10:32 AM on July 20, 2011 by Paul Tosto (0 Comments)

Gov. Mark Dayton this morning said he'll "seriously consider" calling a special session later this year to deal with a Vikings football stadium -- but only if the details are firmly in place.

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While the Vikings had hoped for a public financing package in the budget special session, Dayton told reporters today at the budget bill signing that the Vikings deal wasn't ready to be brought forward and still contained "incomplete and unsatisfactory" information on financing.

"The notion that it was all ready to go and we held it up is not true." Dayton added. "It takes every partner to make this happen and that hasn't occurred yet."

MPR News reporter Tim Nelson has more on the issue.

Vikings officials have only said they are assessing their options at this point. Last week, though, Senate DFL Leader Tom Bakk offered an idea that could work as a compromise.

I"m going to suggest to the governor that he put together a task force to work on the stadium proposal and that some time next fall -- because the lease expires in December -- we see if we can find an agreement that we can find bipartisan support for and try to have a special session maybe sometime in the fall on that subject.

Click on the play button below to listen to Bakk's comments on the Vikings, starting at the 37:15 mark.


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