More Vikings stadium busywork

Sen. John Marty (DFL-Roseville) and Rep. Linda Runbeck (R-Circle Pines) will announce today that they are reviving the Paul Kohls “sell the Metrodome for a buck” plan from early 2010.

This is a plan which has many problems, not the least of which is the fact that the Minnesota Vikings have precisely zero interest in buying the Metrodome at any price.  This is just a cynical political proposal to make it look like something is actually being done on the stadium, and so they can say “but we made an offer” if the team decides to pack up and leave.

As I said back then (just replace the names):

The reality of the situation is that if you’re not willing to spend public money on a stadium for the Vikings they are going to leave.  That’s a perfectly defensible position, especially given the budget mess we find ourselves in.  But if that’s your position, then come out and say it instead of proposing bills that have zero chance of being enacted.  This proposal is an attempt to have it both ways.   If Paul Kohls want to be “serious” about a Vikings stadium then he needs to make a hard decision instead of being a publicity hound:  either give a firm ”No” to the team or put some real work into finding a solution for a rational level of public participation in building a new facility.


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