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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Telling of Two Tones on a Local Level...

If we are to repair our nations decaying infrastructure - Which public official would you vote for?

September 2005 - Received e-mails from two strikingly different local elected officials...

1. Let me assure you it is not after the fact, there is a long way to go before the Vikings project is a done deal. Your raise a very good point, what entity should receive subsidy. After looking at a number of studies that show the very positive financial impact of a professional sports stadium in a community, I have decided to support this. It is not well know but many businesses have had much financial help from the state of Minnesota. Medtronics, Mall of America, all the existing stadiums, many local community civic centers, and many more, zoo, Guthrie.
Often people say government should act more like a business, this is a business decision, make an investment to get a great rate of return. The city of St. Paul study shows the Mn.Wild return is $250.00 every year for every single citizen. That is a good return ours would be that or greater, since it is vacant land today. This developemnt will pay taxes that will help keep school district, city and county taxes low. We are the lowest of all 7 metro counties and one of the lowest of all 87 counties. It isn't the stadium alone that is valuable it is all the businesses that will locate because of the stadiums presence. 3500 constructiions jobs over 3 or 4 years, 2000 jobs when developed. It is the jobs and taxes we need. There have been at least 100 presentation about the details of this proposal. The public is not excluded. Please know that we try to keep information on the county nwebsite current as an easy way for thepublic to know what is going on. It is challenging with things changing often. All the materials presented is on the website. Thank you for your input.


2. I believe that this is in no way a "core" function of county government and that the voters should have a right to say whether or not they want to subsidize the stadium through a local option sales tax. When 75% of the jobs created in this country are as a result of small businesses, why do we continue to look at giving a "handout" to these large businesses?
This is not a done deal. The legislature would need to approve it, so don't give up. I would encourage you to do the following:

1. Call the Governor's office and tell him "No special session for a stadium."
2. Let you legislators and county officials know that you want to vote on the sales tax issue.
3. Write letters to the editor.
4. Get involved with groups that are against public subsidies of stadiums.
5. Tell your neighbors and friends to do the same.

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