MNGOP Stadium Plan Dead, Vote On “Vetted” Plan Monday

A Minnesota Republican plan to build a Vikings Stadium with general obligation bond money is dead says House Majority Leader Matt Dean. He says information he got from Minnesota’s Management and Budget office indicates the bonds could not be legally used to do the project.

House Speaker Kurt Zellers says he doesn’t support the Vikings Stadium plan that Governor Dayton wants, but he will allow a vote on the bill on Monday. Zellers says Governor Dayton has “disrespected” Republican priorities this legislative session, but he will stand by his word to have a vote and will not stand in the way of anyone voting for it.

Governor Dayton released a statement:
‘“I am very pleased that the Republican legislative leaders have agreed to my request for up-or-down votes in both bodies on a new “People’s Stadium” that would provide jobs for several thousand Minnesotans and keep the Vikings here. Now everyone will be able to hold legislators accountable for that momentous decision.

“I will continue to do all I can to convince them that this is a good deal for Minnesota, the best deal available, and much better than the alternative: losing thousands of jobs, losing the Vikings, and losing the “Can Do” spirit, which is Minnesota.

“I ask all Minnesotans, who care about the stadium, to contact their legislators and urge them to vote “Yes” next Monday.”

Watch video of the Republican leaders news conference

Above: House Majority Leader Matt Dean explains why the Republican plan to use bonding was scrapped.
Below: House Speaker Kurt Zellers explains what Republican priorities are and why he doesn’t support the Vikings Stadium plan.

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