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To Elected Minneapolis Officials: Respect The City Charter on Vikings Stadium Spending Decisions

The Minneapolis City Council is considering allowing the public’s money to subsidize an NFL stadium for the Vikings without permission from voters. This violates the City Charter, and trust of Minneapolis voters.

Chapter 15, Section 13 of the Minneapolis, Minnesota Code of Ordinances clearly
states:

"The City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Community Development Agency,
or any city department, agency, commission, or board, shall use no city
resources over $10 million dollars for the financing of professional sports
facilities without the approval of a simple majority of the votes cast on the
question, in a ballot question put to the public at the next regularly scheduled
election."

We urge Minneapolis City Council members, the Mayor and State Legislators to
respect the wishes of Minneapolis voters by upholding the City Charter.

Five reasons why violating the Charter on behalf of the current Vikings stadium plan is a bad idea:

1. Minneapolis residents would pay for a stadium twice through a combination of
City and State taxes.

2. The City has greater needs over the next 30 years, including funding our
schools, road construction, and crime prevention.

3. We want to create more jobs in Minneapolis, but those jobs should build
infrastructure we need rather than want.

4. The majority of Vikings season ticket holders, players, and the team’s owners
live outside of Minneapolis.

5. The Vikings are a Minnesota Vikings; not the Minneapolis Vikings. Any public
subsidies for the team should be provided at the state level.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Minneapolis City Council Member
    Kevin Reich
  • Minnesota State Senator
    Jeff Hayden
  • Minnesota State Senator
    Patricia Torres Ray
  • Minnesota State Representative
    Joe Mullery
  • Minnesota State Representative
    Bobby Joe Champion
  • Minnesota State Representative
    Diane Loeffler
  • Minnesota State Representative
    Phyllis Kahn
  • Minnesota State Representative
    Marion Greene
  • Minnesota State Representative
    Frank Hornstein
  • Minnesota State Representative
    Karen Clark
  • Minnesota State Representative
    Susan Allen
  • Minnesota State Representative
    Jim Davnie
  • Minnesota State Representative
    Jean Wagenius
  • Minnesota State Representative
    Paul Thissen
  • Minneapolis City Council Member
    Barb Johnson
  • Governor
    Mark Dayton
  • Minnesota State Senator
    Scott Dibble
  • Minnesota State Senator
    Kari Dziedzic
  • Minnesota State Senator
    Linda Higgins
  • Minneapolis City Council Member
    Cam Gordon
  • Minneapolis City Council Member
    Diane Hofstede
  • Minneapolis City Council Member
    Don Samuels
  • Minneapolis City Council Member
    Robert Lilligren
  • Minneapolis City Council Member
    Lisa Goodman
  • Minneapolis City Council Member
    Elizabeth Glidden
  • Minneapolis City Council Member
    Gary Schiff
  • Minneapolis City Council Member
    Meg Tuthill
  • Minneapolis City Council Member
    John Quincy
  • Minneapolis City Council Member
    Sandy Colvin Roy
  • Minneapolis City Council Member
    Betsy Hodges
  • Mayor of Minneapolis
    RT Rybak
  • Minnesota State Representative
    Linda Slocumb
  • Minnesota State Senator
    Ken Kelash
  • Minneapolis Elected Officials
    Minneapolis Elected Officials
  • Minnesota Governor


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