Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dear Minnesota...

...the time to act has arrived.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that with the Minnesota Vikings' lease with the Metrodome is about to expire. And with it, the decision about building a new football stadium is here.
Two weeks before a crucial legislative session for a new Vikings stadium, a vocal critic of public funding is accusing Gov. Mark Dayton's stadium point man of trimming the facts to gain a bigger subsidy.
State Sen. John Marty, a Roseville DFLer, said on Monday that Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Chair Ted Mondale is putting out "biased, and at times, inaccurate information" to woo legislators to subsidize the proposed $1.1 billion stadium, which the team hopes to build in Arden Hills.
Mondale denied the allegation, saying Marty is misreading the numbers: "He doesn't serve the public debate by insinuating bad faith."
The pointed exchange came as Minneapolis officials scrambled to meet Dayton's Thursday deadline for a final stadium proposal that would redirect existing downtown sales taxes to a new stadium on the Metrodome site while paying off Target Center debt and keeping the Convention Center afloat.

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