Seven Republicans in the state legislature are spearheading a $500 million proposal that Minnesota taxpayers finance a new stadium for the Vikings. The chief authors of the legislation are Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, and Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead.
It is notable that this is a solely Republican idea. Democrats have not had a hand in it thus far.
In addition to proposing the spending project, they areattempting to block Minnesota voters from having their usually-allowed vote on the proposal. Mindy Greiling (DFL-Roseville), had this to say:
"[I'm] irate. That Twins stadium never would have passed if it had a referendum." The Vikings stadium would be sure not to pass, she said, "because that's not even as popular as the Twins stadium."
Well, Mindy, that’s the point. When legislators can’t get their agenda passed by voting, they just outlaw the vote.
Phil Krinkie, President of the Minnesota Taxpayers’ League, sent out the following e-mail a couple of days ago:
“After months of rhetoric from GOP lawmakers about not raising taxes, [the Republican sponsors] authored legislation that would pay for two-thirds of a $900 million stadium on the backs of taxpayers.”
These wayward Republicans need to hear from you today! Producing a balanced budget signed by the Governor is job one. Increasing the tax burden on Minnesotans to build a playground for billionaire owners and millionaire players is irresponsible,” he added.
If you’d like to contact the Republicans responsible for this, they are as follows:
Sen. Julie Rosen (Fairmont)
Rep. Morrie Lanning (Moorhead)
Sen. Doug Magnus (Slayton)
Rep. Joe Hoppe (Chaska)
Rep. Rod Hamilton (Mountain Lake)
Rep. John Kriesel (Cottage Grove)
Rep. Paul Anderson (Starbuck)