The Senate Finance Committee unexpectedly voted to include Racino in the Vikings stadium bill. Julie Rosen’s expression says it all:

But adding racino gambling would cost needed political support, said Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, sponsor of the stadium bill in the Senate. She called its addition “a serious blow to the bill.” “It will have to be taken out,” Rosen said.

A spokeswoman for Dayton said she couldn’t say whether the DFL governor would sign a stadium bill that included racino gambling. Earlier Wednesday, Dayton said he didn’t think racino should be in the stadium plan. If it’s challenged in court, he said, the sale of construction bonds would have to be postponed until the legal process had concluded.

Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, sponsor of the bill in the House, said including racino gambling was “problematic.”

There’s sure to be a powerful lobbying effort from MIGA and CAGE on behalf of getting rid of the Racino provision. That’s as predictable as the sun rising in the east. It’s rare that CAGE and MIGA will fight together, albeit with different motives.

More anti-Racino lobbyists will certainly descend on the Capitol Thursday than locusts descended on Egypt just prior to the Exodus. It’s difficult seeing how that provision stays in the Vikings’ legislation through the next committee hearing.

Once the Vikings Stadium is built, if that is the outcome, then Racino will be dead in its tracks once and for all. After that, MIGA and the DFL will kill it whenever it’s resurrected.

That’s as predictable as betting that the sun will rise in the east.

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5 Responses to “Did Senate kill Vikings’ stadium bill?”

  • Chad Q says:

    Everyone of these so called republicans who vote in favor of any stadium bill should be thrown out of office! There really is no difference between a democrat and republican in this state anymore. The GOP was elected in 2010 to cut the size of government and to cut spending and they have done neither and now they are going to spend even more money building a stadium for a billionaire! The GOP is a joke with a bad punchline. Sen. Thompson had it right the other night on FOX 9.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Oh please. Get over yourself. Yes, on this issue, there isn’t a difference. There’s a huge difference in terms of spending & taxing. Billions of dollars worth of spending & taxing differences. Then there’s the reforms that this GOP legislature has passed. That doesn’t count because you demand perfection.

    I don’t like spending money on stadiums, either. I’ve been quite outspoken about that. That said, the thing I hate worse than GOP legislators voting for pro sports stadiums is DFL legislatures passing Gov. Dayton’s wish list & ruining Minnesota’s economy for a generation.

    It’s time Republicans grew up. It’s time that you understood that voting for a Vikings stadium pisses you off but it won’t ruin the state’s economy for a generation. DFL legislatures working with DFL governors will.

  • b says:

    grow up zellers

  • Rex Newman says:

    This Racino play brought the first smile to my face on this issue to date. I love the back door politics of it all. But it also shows that the right bill is just not on the table. It’s what Rybak wants, both for Mpls and a future run for Gov, not what fans want, like tailgating – real tailgating which only sites like Arden Hills can provide.

    But instead we’ll get the wrong city, dishonest financing, no parking, no tailgating, even a transit nightmare.

  • walter hanson says:


    King B an economist and state rep on a radio interview described what circumstances could cause a vote for the stadium. While King didn’t say he wouldn’t vote for it he suggested an Arden Hills proposal because it could cause development where there wouldn’t be and it would create more.

    There is a major difference between Republicans and Democrats. Part of it on the stadium is they don’t want to be seen as allowing the Vikings to leave (a possibilty we have to acknowledge) and part of it is the voters recognize the Twins, the Wild, the Timberwolves, and the Gophers all got their stadiums. If the deal isn’t bad (that’s still in doubt right now) they could support it.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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