Never mind the Legislature, Mayor R.T. Rybak may not be able to get his stadium proposal past Minneapolis' city council. Council members were underwhelmed by the mayor's presentation of a plan that would apply city sales tax money to a Vikings stadium once Minneapolis' convention center is paid off. A head count by the Downtown Journal finds Rybak lacks the votes to pass it right now.
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Mpls. city council majority opposes Rybak's plan to fund stadium
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Rybak turns up lobbying effort as city stadium vote nears
Mayor R.T. Rybak thinks there are just enough yes votes to get the Vikings stadium plan through the Minneapolis City Council. But he's asking residents who support it to turn up the heat on their council members. All of the council members will vote on the Vikings stadium plan Thursday as a committee, with a final vote Friday.
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