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

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Melanie Brown
10 years ago
Minnesota has far more pressing concerns than building a new Vikings stadium or even keeping this team in our state. If the state does expect taxpayers to subsidize this stadium, then we taxpayers expect the city to uphold its obligations to the City Charter. The burden of paying for this stadium should be spread equally across the state, not fall double on the pockets of Minneapolis residents.

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Fred Levy Haskell
10 years ago
I think "no" should mean "no" regardless of whether you're a woman or a city. If the Vikings want a new stadium, let =them= pay for it. Not us—contrary to the myths, it would not benefit the Twin Cities one whit.

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Fred Levy Haskell
10 years ago
Tell you what—give the Vikings the Metrodome & land on the =enforcable= condition that they pay for & build their own darned stadium on that site without an additional nickel of public money. They need a new stadium that badly? Let =them= pay for it.

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William Short
10 years ago
Democracy...The NFL is a monopoly, a cartel like OPEC.

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Leslie MacKenzie
10 years ago
We paid for a stadium once. We, the taxpayers, should not have to pay for one again. The additional taxes will make Minneapolis uncompetitive for many businesses and there are very few benefits to taxpayers from this plan. It is extremely poor policy to be handing public tax dollars over to millionaires.

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Mike Hohmann
10 years ago
Mpls. voters amended the City Charter over a decade ago to limit city subsidies for sport facilities without a referendum vote. Who do CC members, legislators and the governor think they are sidestepping this voter-approved law? The professional sports business model is broken, in it's continued reliance upon public financing, and it's only glad-handing politicians that keep the model alive contrary to voter direction. No wonder the public is fed-up with politics and these glad-handing politicians who think they know better than the people, the voters.

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Terry Faust
10 years ago
We have no secure education funding and a guy worth $1.3 billion excepts the citizens of Minneapolis to cough up hundreds of millions for his private business? NO.

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Mark Swanson
10 years ago
I don't want my taxes paying for sports stadiums primarily for the benefit of billionaire owners and millionaire players and luxury sports boxes for the rich. Let the Vikings move to LA or where ever they want. I don't care!

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Hal Davis
10 years ago
This issue should be decided by voters.

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Patricia Siebert
10 years ago
two reasons--if the Vikings are a statewide resource, let the state's share of funding be statewide. I work in downtown Mpls and the additional taxes for things like food on a daily basis are onerous already.
second reason--the process should be accountable to the people. if our charter says a referendum is required, then there should be a referendum. Slapping down the charter and pushing the stadium on us is not democracy.