Speaker Paul Thissen has made several statements that deserve ridiculing. Here’s Speaker Thissen’s latest laughable statement:
House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said he shares some of Lenczewski’s concerns, but considers himself a strong supporter of Mayo’s expansion.
“I very much want to see these investments made in Rochester, but I want to do it in a way that also protects the interests of the state of Minnesota,” he said.
Speaker Thissen’s statement is laughable considering his enthusiastic vote for last year’s Vikings stadium. That funding mechanism was fraught with perils. The latest projections show the e-tabs revenue is falling far short of what’s needed to pay the state’s share of the stadium. Theren are even worries that Minnesota’s taxpayers will pay for it through the general fund.
Speaker Thissen’s concerns for protecting Minnesota’s taxpayers is selective at best. We’d be far better served if Speaker Thissen consistently paid attention to protecting Minnesota’s taxpayers. Minnesotans don’t need politicians who selectively pay attention to funding mechanism for the Mayo Clinic but ignore the Vikings stadium funding mechanism. I wrote here that one DFL legislator called the Vikings stadium funding mechanism as “being held together with ‘duct tape.'”
It’s amazing how silent Speaker Thissen was then, especially considering the possibility of Minnesota taxpayers getting hit with a bill well in excess of $100,000,000. ‘Watchdogs’ that miss a $100,000,000 bill to the taxpayers aren’t the type of watchdog that I’d trust.