Decision Day for the Vikings Stadium Bill(WDAZ-TV) - The Minnesota Legislature is planning to vote Monday on the nearly $1 billion Vikings Stadium Bill. And the weekend hasn't been a quiet one around the Twin Cities as Governor Mark Dayton, Vikings players and legislators rally for support.
By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ, WDAY
(WDAZ-TV) - The Minnesota Legislature is planning to vote Monday on the nearly $1 billion Vikings Stadium Bill.
And the weekend hasn't been a quiet one around the Twin Cities as Governor Mark Dayton, Vikings players and legislators rally for support.
Monday's House vote on the bill is being called "crucial" as the bill seems it could be just a few votes short of passage.
Down to the final hour, stadium bill supporters are working to secure votes.
In less than one day, Minnesota will vote on the stadium bill crafted by Governor Mark Dayton, key GOP legislators and the Vikings.
The bill calls for a $1 billion roofed stadium to be built at the current site of the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. The funding plan is $427 million from the Vikings, $150 million will come from Minneapolis hospitality taxes, and the state will throw in $398 million paid for through an expansion of charitable gambling.
House Speaker Kurt Zellers has said he won't support the plan.
"It's going to be up to (Governor Mark Dayton) to secure the votes," Zellers stated.
And that's just what Dayton tried to do this weekend.
"We need you, by the way, to turn out tomorrow at the capital," Dayton said to cheering Vikings fans.
The governor and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak rallied fans Sunday at a Minneapolis sports bar. All in an effort to urge supporters to contact lawmakers and press them to pass the project.
"This conversation has been going on for about 12 years and we need to get it built. Our members need to get back to work, the state needs this. It's been talked and talked about and we need to set the politics aside and get this stadium built," Local 563 Union Member Tim Mackey said at the rally.
Lawmakers are braced for a number of amendments once Monday's House debate begins. Among those expected is an amendment that would force the team to pay more.