Should Minnesota pay for a new Vikings stadium, or fix the State Capitol? [POLL]

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Vikings stadium, State Capitol: What's important to us?
The Minnesota Vikings need a new stadium, and they need lots of money the state doesn't have to build it. But now, they're not the only state institution that needs a pile of cash.

Yesterday, Mark Dayton spoke about two separate issues, both of which would cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars. One issue is finding a new building to house a few dozen popular people, who work in town eight days a year and are usually cheered on by tens of thousands. The other issue is fixing up an old building to house a couple hundred unpopular people, who work 120 days a year, and would be roundly booed if anyone cared enough to go watch them.

The questions on funding for the Vikings stadium and the State Capitol get right to the soul of Minnesota. Are we the kind of state with a crumbling football stadium, or a crumbling statehouse?

City Pages wants to know where you stand.

First, the numbers: Dayton announced yesterday that the Capitol Preservation Committee had approved an initial $150,000 in spending, which will go toward hiring an architect to draw up renovation plans which could ultimately cost the state $200 million, the Pioneer Press reports.

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Mark Dayton wants to spend money on two things. Which would you prefer?
While there doesn't seem to be anything visibly wrong with the State Capitol from outside the building, Dayton warned that the building is so rundown that a 50-pound block of marble might just fall off the walls or ceiling and crush someone. (Wait, really?) Dayton took a "stitch in time" approach, describing the "very daunting" price tag of $200 million as a less expensive solution than waiting just a few years more.

The capitol is 106 years old, and, according to a state study posted by MPR, has some 67 problems -- from heating, to lighting, to structural issues -- that are "due" to be fixed in 2011.

Later yesterday afternoon, Dayton switched topics and made a big announcement on the Vikings stadium: State legislators won't allow a Ramsey County sales tax without a public referendum, which essentially makes that a dead issue. That tax was supposed to generate $350 million of the Arden Hills stadium's projected $1.1 billion cost.

"That's 350 million that's taken off the table," Dayton said, according to the Pioneer Press. "Obviously, it has to be made up."

Obviously. So far, the most popular solution out there are electronic pull-tab machines, which, if placed in bars across the state will generate $40 million a year in state revenue, and will also allow people who have stared silently at a computer all day to do the same thing all night, with the added benefits of getting drunk and losing money.

But Dayton has also backed off on the hard-line number of $300 million in stadium funding from the state, and seems to be prepared to fill whatever gap is needed to get the stadium built.

So, that's what's on the table now. If Minnesota doesn't shell out for the Vikings, they'll move to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, this is not a possibility for the legislature -- we're stuck with them. And, as ineffective as they are now, they'd likely be even less so if they had to work in the dark, or soaking wet, or pinned, barely alive, under a 50-pound block of marble.

So, Minnesota, what kind of state are we? What's important? Who needs money, and who should we tell to go scratch?



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Harrold
Harrold

de old iron range has produced some of the greatest rabbit hat flap wearing Minnesotans dont ya know ! De vikings can get der own moneys... ya dats it. You california folks don kno how to take care of moneys. whats all this talk about 1 penny sales tax more out of my pocket. I hauled 200 cord of fire wood tis year and I aint paid a single penny of taxes on dat so try that in california. Put dat in your pipe and smok it. you keep dat stadium and ill keep my wood. Its cold out side and the wifes got some deer meet cookin on the stove so il be sein ya now.

Steven Csargo
Steven Csargo

Let the Vikings Owners & Players Fund the New Stadium themselves....they are the ones making all the money! ....or they can move to Los Angeles...& let the Capitol be as it is...it's not falling down yet.....

Harrold
Harrold

de old iron range has produced some of the greatest rabbit hat flap wearing Minnesotans dont ya know ! De vikings can get der own moneys... ya dats it. You california folks don kno how to take care of moneys. whats all this talk about 1 penny sales tax more out of my pocket. I hauled 200 cord of fire wood tis year and I aint paid a single penny of taxes on dat so try that in california. Put dat in your pipe and smok it. you keep dat stadium and ill keep my wood. Its cold out side and the wifes got some deer meet cookin on the stove so il be sein ya now.

Connie in Woodbury
Connie in Woodbury

I think its high time we start looking seriously at dumping the state capitol building.  It will alsways need renovationss, it is inefficiently laid out, and parking can be a nightmare.  Also, it's in St. Paul, on the far right edge of the state, rather than conveniently located in the middle of the state.

 

There are plenty of abandoned warehouses, strip malls and what not that could easily be turned into capitol offices that would be far more effiecient and less costly to maintain than the current capitol building. We could make more than enough selling the building to renovate a strip mall into more energy efficient and user-friendly offices and we would end up with a tidy profit.  All of the marble could be made into vanities and countertops   and sold to Home Depot or Loews or, maybe Menards or even Fleet Farm.

 

We need to stop throwing money at that white elephant, get a functional building and save some money.

Tomay3
Tomay3

Mn. Has Bridges, Highways, Pot holes Ect. to Build and Repair??? Stop allowing Construction Companies on Roadway's and Bridges 2 to 3 Times as Long as it Should to Replace or Repair everything they Do. Bridges Road Repairs 3 Times as much Labor as needed???Take a look at the Bridge replacement at Rice St. and Hiway 36 - little Canada.They put in 2 Bridges They did not need in a Ressession, Unbelievable evcavating on both sides of Hiway 36 + 3 times the Labor they needed to do what really needed done??? This is appalling!!! 

LA Vikings Fan
LA Vikings Fan

Why do you say it's unfortunate that our legislature is DOING ITS JOB and telling these extortionists to fuck right off?

Harrold
Harrold

Dats right mr LA you tell them califirnians.  The wife turns red in the face when they say bad wirds tho.  Sometime she gets a little frisky so i gues its not bad.  Last week I was Deer hunting and I was think about dis damn stadium they want to build der in Arden hills.  With a penny each time I buy eggs at the market. Mabe they should haul fire wood to get money for the stadium like o do insted of taking my pennies.  gul damn califirnians. put dat in yur pipe and smoke it. We agree with you here in Ely minesota.  I wouldnt trade you my old bird feeder for dat stadium.

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