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Will Legislature step on Minneapolis charter with stadium bill? Wouldn't be the first time

The Vikings stadium bill that's pending at the Capitol would override Minneapolis' charter by directing city sales taxes to a stadium without a public referendum. But overruling city charters is nothing new for the Legislature. Both sides say it happens all the time.
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The Vikings stadium bill that's pending at the Capitol would override Minneapolis' charter by directing city sales taxes to a stadium without a public referendum. But overruling city charters is nothing new for the Legislature. Both sides say it happens all the time.

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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.

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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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