We've had a cavalcade of proposals to fund the public share (right or wrong) of a new Viking's Stadium. User fees, local taxes, state taxes, charitable taxes, gambling, bonding, etc etc. None of them have managed to drum up support from a majority of Legislators of either party alone or combined.
Well I thought of a different way. How about putting a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot this year and let the people of Minnesota decide if they want to build "the People's Stadium" for the Wilf's and Vikings?
Why not? Other bad uses of taxpayer dollars have been approved this very same way. If I were Speaker Zellers I'd throw this one out there. Put the power in the people's hands and take it out of the politicians'.
It needs some work, but hey, its 2:00 am and I just got done hosting Late Debate. How much, can you leverage location? Could you present options or tiered responses?
1) Do you support a sales tax increase to pay for a portion of an NFL stadium?
2) Should the stadium be in Arden Hills or Minneapolis?
Then one about the amount, lower being a partnered construction fund and Vikings owning the building and profiting from all events held there, the second being a higher tax, but state ownership of the the building and profits from everything?
After all, if a new stadium is going to make Wilf even more money, why not let the State get in on the action? (Sorry, as I said, its late. That is for dramatic effect and humor) But I do think this should be seriously looked at. This is a huge amount of public money be talked about here. Why shouldn't the people be able to speak up and let their voices be heard?
Governor Dayton desperately wants to build the People's Stadium, but he isn't interested in public will it seems. There is not better way to get public input than a Constitutional Amendment. Its a clean up or down vote where both sides can make their case for or against.