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Stadium bill still being shaped

May 10, 2012
The Journal

The good news for Vikings is that Vikings Stadium bills have made it through the House and Senate. But the bill is still far from finalized.

With the House and Senate members adding their own tweaks and amendments to the legislation, a House-Senate conference committee will have the task of molding it into a single piece of legislation that both chambers will vote on, up or down. Questions like how much the Vikings will contribute, and how the state will pay for its share, will be hammered out in the conference committee.

Both the House and Senate upped the Vikings' ante, the House raising the Vikings' share by $105 million above the $437 million that the Vikings said was their top limit. The Senate raised the Vikings's share by $S25 million.

It was painful to watch the debates, as different factions offered amendments that could possibly scuttle the deal, or make it so unpalatable that the Vikings would pull out.

But as Otto von Bismarck said, "Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made."

We hope conferees will be able to put together a palatable finished product.



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