We've been at it for a while in the Minnesota Senate debate for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, and now, unfortunately, there's been a spanner thrown into the works.
Senator John Marty, whose main goal is to sabotage this stadium bill and screw over the football fans of the state of Minnesota (in my opinion, at least), put forth an amendment
that requires the Vikings' stadium bill to go through a referendum in Minneapolis. The referendum would not take place until November, and would likely get voted down anyway, meaning that nothing would happen, and it would take an extra six months to determine something that we already know.
The amendment passed, 36 to 30, so it is now a part of the Senate bill.
Apparently the City Attorney for Minneapolis, the Minneapolis charter doesn't apply to the Vikings' stadium bill because the taxes are administered and collected by the State Department of Revenue. So, I'm guessing that everyone is going to do their damnedest to get that taken out in the conference committee (if this thing manages to make it through the Senate), or it's going to make for a whole lot of litigation. We'll have more information on the whole thing as it becomes available.
But, the debate continues in St. Paul, and we've got it all right here for you.
EDIT: Okay, thanks to some of the folks that know a hell of a lot more about this than I do, the Marty amendment does NOT require a Minneapolis referendum after all. Again, once we get more clarification from some of the political wonks in the Minnesota media, we'll pass it along, most likely in the comments section.
This is what I get for going to the grocery store mid-debate. Shame on me. -Chris