Governor Mark Dayton has his tighty whities in a bunch over the recent survey the Minnesota Vikings sent out regarding the potential use of PSL's to cover their portion of the new Vikings stadium.
As noted by the hardest working beat writer in show business, Tom Pelissero, the legislation Dayton agreed to...and signed in to law...allows for just that. The pull quote from Pelissero, which was pulled directly from the Vikings stadium bill:
On PSLs -- called Stadium Builders Licenses (SBLs) here -- there are two references that make clear the Vikings are permitted to market and sell the licenses on behalf of the newly created stadium authority:
• Subd. 2 - NFL Team/Private Contribution; timing of expenditures - (a) The NFL team/private contribution, including stadium builder's license proceeds, for stadium costs must be made in cash in the amount of $477,000,000.
• Subd. 14 - Stadium Builder's Licenses. - The authority shall own and retain the exclusive right to sell stadium builder's licenses in the stadium. The authority will retain the NFL team to act as the authority's agent in marketing and selling such licenses.
So when he whips off a letter that states, among other things, that
"The project's strong support came from many regular Minnesotans, not just rich Minnesotans, because they believed the Vikings are also their team. If a new stadium were to betray that trust, it would be better that it not be built,"
he comes off as one of two things: a political genius or a dope. And there's really no gray area here. See, because he was in on the negotiations from the beginning, he knew what was in the bill, or should have. Let's assume he knew what was in the bill, and we'll explore my 'genius' theory first.
First, let's assume he know every period, comma, and apostrophe in that bill. He knew before he wrote that letter to the Wilfs that the blurb about the PSL's was in the bill, yet wrote that letter anyway.
You evil genius, Governor Dayton. You hope that people don't remember that, during the stadium negotiations, you didn't care how the Vikings came up with their portion of the money, that you were just concerned about how the state was going to raise theirs. And they probably don't, you evil genius, you. You also just won this issue come re-election time, too.
'But Ted', you ask, 'how did he do that?'