A bill introduced by three Republican state senators ties a $300 state loan for a new Vikings stadium to a phase-out of business property taxes. They say it would generate more business contributions to a stadium effort. Gov. Mark Dayton says it would push up other kinds of property taxes and he will oppose it.
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Evacuations are in effect on campus after an underground explosion and fire Thursday afternoon.
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St. Paul plans to extend $500 payments to low-income families
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Dayton now calls new GOP stadium plan "worth considering"
In one day Governor Dayton's opinion of the new Republican stadium proposal shifted from a "hare-brained scheme" to an idea "worth considering." Dayton says he wants to find a solution to the Vikings stadium issue. Republicans, meanwhile, are still working to fill in the blanks on their plan while also convincing DFLers and the Vikings that it's viable. All this after lawmakers had hoped to adjourn.
Dayton optimistic Vikings stadium bill will pass
The governor plans to spend his weekend persuading lawmakers to vote in favor of the stadium proposal next week. Gov. Mark Dayton told the Pioneer Press he predicts both chambers of the Legislature will approve the bill by a single vote. He said, "I've always thought it would pass by one vote."
Dayton puts chances of stadium bill passing at fifty percent
The long-awaited stadium bill will be filed at the Capitol Monday, but the governor thinks it's as likely to fail as pass. Mark Dayton says opponents of a new Vikings stadium are more outspoken right now than supporters are.
Dayton doubts latest plan to pay for Vikings stadium
Gov. Dayton said Monday that the latest proposal to cover the state's share of a new Vikings stadium would rely on a form of illegal gambling known as tip boards. "It doesn’t strike me at first glance as a viable option," he said at a Capitol press conference.
Governor takes stadium lobbying effort to Minneapolis city council
Gov. Mark Dayton met separately with city council members Sandy Colvin Roy and Kevin Reich and says both are "willing to consider their position(s)" regarding the plan for a new Vikings stadium. Right now the plan does not seem to have support from a majority of the council. Dayton says if it did, that would help the stadium bill's prospects at the Capitol.
Stadium supporters plan stepped-up campaign this week
Governor Dayton will lead a public rally at the Capitol and may hold similar events elsewhere around the state. In addition, thousands of construction union members will lobby the Minneapolis city council to support a $975 million Vikings stadium in the city.
Dayton 'pessimistic', looks to next year for stadium bill
Governor Mark Dayton says he's disappointed a House committee rejected the latest best hope for a Vikings stadium deal at the Legislature. He says if things don't work out, he's already looking to the 2013 session.
Dayton says Arden Hills stadium site still in play
A report over the weekend suggested state leaders are telling the Vikings to give up on the idea of an Arden Hills stadium. But Governor Dayton says he's not ruled out anything. Backers of Minneapolis and Arden Hills sites face a Thursday deadline to submit plans to the governor.
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