Leidiger opposes new taxes for Vikings stadium

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.

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