The Ways and Means committee is set to meet Monday afternoon to discuss the city's share of the stadium measure Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law last week. The full council is expected to take a formal vote on the nearly $1 billion proposal on Friday.
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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.
Letter shows Minneapolis City Council support for Vikings stadium legislation
The Pioneer Press obtained a draft letter to Gov. Mark Dayton and the stadium bill sponsors. The letter expresses majority support for the plan although there's no indication the letter was delivered. The letter says "we stand ready to be the local partner for a stadium solution." It also reinforces the requirement for Target Center improvements. Stadium legislation stalled in part because city officials balked at the plan.
Tight timeline to complete stadium by 2016
From prep work and design to construction, dozens of tasks have to be addressed with a sense of urgency. The Vikings want the new stadium ready to go for the 2016 NFL season. The Star Tribune reports hours after lawmakers agreed to the nearly $1 billion stadium deal, officials started creating a timeline. First, Gov. Mark Dayton needs to sign the bill and at least seven members of the Minneapolis City Council also have to approve the deal.
Minneapolis Mayor to hold first public forum on proposed Vikings Stadium
Mayor R.T. Rybak will hear from citizens about the stadium proposal Tuesday night in south Minneapolis. Meanwhile, the City Council will hold a public hearing and a key vote on the stadium plan on April 24.
Minneapolis leaders say they have city council votes to approve stadium
Officials say they have support from a majority of the City Council, but lingering questions about financing and other issues mean the plan is still in question, Forum Communications reports. One key issue is how the state would pay its share of the cost. The current proposal would tap revenue from electronic pull-tabs and bingo, but some critics question whether that will cover the tab.
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 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.
Republicans float open-air Vikings stadium proposal
The latest proposal lowers the state's stadium contribution by eliminating the roof, at least for now. The roof-ready structure would still be in downtown Minneapolis and financing would be added to the bonding bill. Gov. Mark Dayton called the idea an end-of-the-session "gimmick."
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