The progress that had been made regarding the construction of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings hit a new roadblock Tuesday, as the Minnesota GOP presented a new bill which differed significantly from the one that had been proposed by Democratic governor Mark Dayton, the city of Minneapolis, and the Vikings.
The new proposal called for a smaller amount of public funding for the stadium and for making it an open-air venue. Governor Dayton described the GOP proposal as “fooling around” and urged the legislature to provide an up-or-down vote on the original bill. In what could be seen as a possible schism in the state GOP, Republican state senator Julie Rosen said she was “surprised” by the GOP leadership’s new proposal and that she believed there were enough votes in the legislature as a whole to pass the original measure.
GOP leaders admitted they don’t have all of the details ironed out in their proposal, but they expressed hesitation in supporting any stadium bill in the absence of tax cuts for businesses.