LIVE VIDEO: Watch as Vikings Stadium Bill Rushes Toward Floor Vote
Watch as the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee, chaired by Edina Sen. Geoff Michel, hears the latest on the so-called Vikings Stadium bill.
With a Republican set target date for ending the legislative session less than a week away, lawmakers are scurrying to hear a proposal to use public money to build a stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.
Today’s hurdle is the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee.
Both the Senate and House are hoping to vote on the stadium by Friday, if it clears committees.
Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville, told Roseville Patch last Friday, "I do not plan to vote for any stadium plan, because they all use state dollars and we owe our schools $3 billion and have an ongoing deficit, not to mention all the other higher funding priorities."
Meanwhile Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, has been a long-time opponent of public subsidies for building new stadiums. He recently offered a bi-partisan plan that would essentially sell the Metrodome site to the Vikings for a $1 in exchange for the football team spending its own money to build a new stadium there. However, that plan has not gotten any traction.
Today's hearing began this morning at about 10:30 a.m.
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