Rep. Ernie Leidiger was one of the authors of an op-ed in today’s StarTribune. In it, Leidiger (one of 16 authors of the piece) vows to vote against any stadium proposal that includes any new taxes of any sort.
It’s interesting that the piece spends a lot of time attacking Gov. Mark Dayton. Say what you will for Dayton’s willingness to support certain plans, but he at least is bringing this issue to a conclusion. The previous governor dithered on this issue for eight years with no progress in any direction. The citizens of Minnesota and the Minnesota Vikings organization deserve a final decision — yes or no — on whether or not this state is going to participate in the funding of a new facility.
And if the answer is “no”, then we shouldn’t criticize the Vikings if they do choose to leave the state. That’s the reality of the situation.