Vikings fans, a stadium bill is just days away.
In a “Dear Colleague" letter sent this afternoon to all legislators, bill authors Senator Julie Rosen (R-Fairmont) and Representative Morrie Lanning (R-Moorhead) told lawmakers stadium legislation will be unveiled next week.
“While resolving the stadium issue is of secondary importance, the matter has some urgency this session…" said Rosen and Lanning. “Now the time has come to move forward on a bill that offers a framework for achieving a stadium plan for Minnesota."
For Vikings fans and the team, this is a significant first step. Plenty of time remains in the 2011 Legislative Session for the public, legislators and the Vikings to weigh in with constructive input on the bill, which will include the following provisions:
- Requires a stadium with a roof to ensure that it is a multi-purpose facility.
- Requires users and those who benefit from the stadium to pay for the stadium.
- Requires the Vikings to make a significant contribution and sign a long-term lease.
- Allows a local partner to assemble a finance package with local, user-based revenues (i.e., hospitality, sales and admissions tax).
- Limits the State’s involvement and avoids increases in statewide income or sales taxes and does not use General Fund revenues.
“The Vikings look forward to beginning the public dialogue on this issue," said Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development. “The bill provides a framework to negotiate a deal that will resolve the stadium issue, and we appreciate State leaders’ efforts to bring this forward."