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Petitioning Minneapolis City Council Member Kevin Reich and 34 others

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.

Letter to
Minneapolis City Council Member Kevin Reich
Minnesota State Senator Jeff Hayden
Minnesota State Senator Patricia Torres Ray
and 32 others
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
Dear Elected Official:

I urge you to uphold the Minneapolis City Charter’s position on funding for professional sports stadiums. Chapter 15, Section 13 of the Minneapolis, Minnesota Code of Ordinances clearly states:

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"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."
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Giving the Minnesota Vikings 61 times what the Charter authorizes the City to spend without a vote would violate the trust voters have put in you.

Please let the Vikings, Vikings fans and the State work together to come up with a financing plan that’s in the best interest of the team, fans and the public.

Sincerely,