Casino should pay for new stadium

A Block E casino would help fund a stadium and protect taxpayers.

Editorial board

Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton voiced serious determination to move forward with a plan for a new Vikings stadium. Dayton has promised to unveil his own proposal within the coming days and said he will likely call a special session to discuss the issue.

Additionally, Dayton seems to be seriously considering a proposal that would incorporate a new casino for downtown Minneapolis. Some of the revenue gained from a casino at the Block E site downtown would be set aside as a means of building a new stadium at the Arden Hills site. Republican legislators are behind the plan, as it would take some of the burden off of the taxpayers.

If Dayton absolutely has to have a new stadium for the less-than-mediocre football team, he should consider as many ways as possible to lessen the hike for taxpayers. If a casino for Block E is approved, using revenue produced from it to build a stadium is a good idea. Instead of taxing Minnesotans for the project, the state should tax businesses around the future stadium, since these are the places that will benefit economically from a new stadium and have the most to lose if the Vikings leave Minnesota.

In addition to discussing where the revenue will come from, a special session should focus on a way to keep the stadium at its current site in Minneapolis where there is already infrastructure to support it.