The Final Countdown: Vikings stadium deal

by John Hageman

Lawmakers involved with a potential Vikings stadium deal said that an agreement needs to come by the end of next week if it’s to be part of a special session, according to the Star Tribune.

Ted Mondale, Chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, told the Strib a major problem is where to find $131 million the Minnesota Department of Transportation says is needed to improve the adjacent infastructure to handle increased traffic.

He added that legislators will want several meetings on the bill before voting on it.

The Ramsey County Charter Commission also apporved a resolution opposing new taxes for a stadium. The commission has no power to tell what the legislature to do, so the move was more symbolic.

Discussion of a stadium bill ramped up in the last days of the legislative session, but cooled as lawmakers turned their attention to finding an overall budget solution. That compromise has yet to come, and Gov. Mark Dayton hasn’t called legislators back for a special session.