St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Monday is now the deadline for Governor Mark Dayton and Democratic supporters to convince Republican leaders to pass the proposed Vikings stadium bill though the House.
On Monday, May 7th, the Vikings stadium bill, as well as the state's bonding bill, will come up for a vote on the House floor.
“It’s only fair to members and fair to everyone to vote on this,” said House Majority Leader Matt Dean (R-Dellwood).
Earlier this week, Republican leaders came up with a new funding plan for the stadium that would combine the Vikings stadium and the bonding bill together. Democrats criticized that plan because the Minnesota Management & Budget indicated it would be difficult to use general obligation bonds to fund the stadium.
The stadium bill that will be up for vote on Monday is the original funding plan that would use money from electronic pull tabs, electronic bingo and tipboard games to help pay for the Vikings stadium. Of the $975 million needed to build a fixed-roof stadium, $427 million will be covered by the team while the state would pay $398 million and Minneapolis would pay $150 million.
"I am very pleased that the Republican legislative leaders have agreed to my request for up-or-down votes in both bodies on a new “People’s Stadium” that would provide jobs for several thousand Minnesotans and keep the Vikings here," said Governor Mark Dayton. "Now everyone will be able to hold legislators accountable for that momentous decision".
However, lawmakers are not sure if they will have enough votes to pass the Vikings stadium if they cannot convince Republicans to vote for the stadium proposal.
If the stadium and/or the bonding bill were to fail in the House, the legislative session would not necessarily be over.
If the stadium bill is passed by the House, the bill would then go to the Senate floor.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns