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Letter about Vikings stadium


Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

Since the Legislature approved a billion dollar stadium for the Minnesota Vikings a couple weeks ago, voters have asked me what I thought of the deal.

Not much.

I understand that many Minnesotans are football fans and that there is a case to be made for a better stadium than the Metro Dome, though it seems that the Dome could have been made to work with some remodeling.

A majority of the Democrats in the House and the Senate voted for the stadium deal, and of course it was Gov. Dayton’s number one priority.

I would have broken with my fellow Democrats on this. I would have voted against the deal for two reasons.

Paying for the stadium bonds by expanding electronic gambling is very risky. Many people who know something about this are wary that the extra gambling revenue may not be large enough to cover the annual cost of the bonds. Regular taxes will have to be used to make up the difference.

Second, this is just more corporate welfare. The Vikings make a lot of money. They could have paid for the stadium themselves. They refused to open their corporate books for a reason, because they didn’t want Minnesotans to see how much money they were making.

Greg Davids, my opponent in the Nov. election, voted for the stadium despite all his empty rhetoric about less government spending.

Greg likes corporate welfare. He raised the property taxes of middle class homeowners and farmers instead of raising taxes on the rich who own the corporations. Earlier, Greg introduced legislation to completely eliminate the corporate income tax even as he and the GOP cut programs for people with disabilities. And now he voted for the stadium, a clear piece of corporate welfare, while as chair of the House Tax Committee, he raised property taxes state-wide by a half a billion dollars.

Greg Davids doesn’t represent the residents of Houston and Fillmore counties. He represents wealthy people in the Twin Cities. When you are a twenty-year incumbent, like Greg, you become out-of -touch with the people that elected you.

Ken Tschumper

1640 Tschumper Rd

La Crescent, MN 55947

ktschump@acegroup.cc

(507) 894-4248

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