The Vikings in Arden Hills: Bad Ideas on Top of Bad Ideas

I’m pleased to announce that I am now working with the good folks at Minnesota 2020 as a Hindsight Community Fellow.  I’ll be participating periodically on their Hindsight blog, with analysis on public policy issues.  My first piece, on the Minnesota Vikings-Ramsey County stadium agreement, was posted today.

The Minnesota Vikings and Ramsey County announced an agreement yesterday to build a new stadium on the site of the Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant in Arden Hills. The $1.06 billion project would be financed with $407 million from the team, $350 million from Ramsey County (in the form of a half-cent sales tax increase) and $300 million from the state (a variety of sales taxes and a sports-themed lottery game).

The wisdom of spending time and effort on such a project in the Legislature while the budget still sits $5 billion out of balance can certainly be debated. However, if we look at the Arden Hills stadium project solely as a standalone proposal, there’s much not to like about the deal.

To find out why the Arden Hills site is a bad deal for the state, read the rest of the piece here.



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