First, Minneapolis opposes any proposal that relies on Minneapolis taxpayers as funders. This is a state-wide issue not one to put on the back of a municipality. Second, Minneapolis opposes diversion of the sales tax that now supports the Convention Center for any Vikings stadium proposal. The Convention Center is one of the biggest economic generators in the state, with an economic impact of about $270M annually -- this is about 4 times the impact of any Vikings stadium. Diverting critical support for the Convention Center is bad policy for our region and our state.
While the Vikings proposal appears dead for this year, we must be ready for proposals sure to come in 2011.
Budget: Recently, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Pawlenty’s “unallotment ” action used last year to unilaterally balance the budget was illegal. While this ruling confirms that the executive branch must work with the legislative branch to get things done, our State is left with an even bigger deficit to address by the end of session - Sunday, May 16. For the City of Minneapolis, we remain uncertain if state aid to cities will be further cut, forcing further reductions to city budgets – funding for police, fire, and roads - across Minnesota. Stay tuned for budget and other updates based on the end of the legislative session after