The state of Minnesota has serious economic issues and because of that the Minnesota Vikings are being left in the scrap heap of matter that really don’t matter.
Because state legislators are trying to solve issues that have life and death implications for thousands of state residents who are dealing with issues such as how to put meals on the table or how to pay the rent, trying to justify spending hundreds of millions to help a millionaire doesn’t make much sense.
In his report of the situation, Dan Zinski of The Viking Age said, “Through his spokesperson Katie Tinucci, Gov. Mark Dayton said he won’t consider a second special session to deal with the stadium until the fall. This after Zygi Wilf reportedly met with Dayton on Friday to force the issue.
“The majority of Minnesota lawmakers are in agreement with Dayton about the state’s priorities, including those who have so far been behind the stadium bill. Rep. Michael Nelson, a co-sponsor of the stadium bill, made clear his reasons for not going to the wall on behalf of the plan at this time: ‘there’s not a lot of support for cutting people off health care, cutting jobs, then turning around and authorizing bonding for a stadium.’”
Zanski went on to further describe the issue: “bill’s chief sponsor state Sen. Julie Rosen was even more blunt, saying, ‘We will have a vote and we’ll work to get it passed. But if I tried to get a vote on it right now, I’d be strung up.’”
Looking at this situation from the outside, one has to understand the importance of getting things right or to “get strung up.”
I guess my question to Sen. Rosen is this: If the stadium issue isn’t important now, what’s going to make it important come the fall? If the government can’t figure out how to balance it’s books now, who is going to trust them to use taxpayer dollars to give to a billionaire to build a playground for millionaires come September?
Well, I guess the politicians hope the taxpayers have short memories and the Vikings have a couple of wins under their belts this fall.
As I see it, the Vikings are just one more step closer to Los Angeles.