Zygi Wilf Buys $19 Million Home. $19 Million Less to Spend on a Vikings Stadium #wilfare

The NY Observer reported on the 28th that Zygi Wilf has purchased a new apartment on Park Ave in New York City for $19 million.

Curbed also reported on it.

As of now, no Minnesota newspaper has found this interesting enough to report (BringMeTheNews linked up the Observer piece), which seems strange considering that this is the same guy who’s demanding hundreds of millions of dollars from the State of Minnesota to subsidize his business.

8 thoughts on “Zygi Wilf Buys $19 Million Home. $19 Million Less to Spend on a Vikings Stadium #wilfare”

  1. I see that it was reported by Fox news. Something like that would eventually be reported everywhere, given the stadium debate. You just were the first to find it. Quit stalking the guy

  2. @Chuck, as my post points out, I was far from the first to find it. Just one of the first to mention it somewhere other than NYC or Twitter.

    I assume your definition of stalking is “trying to figure out who this guy is that has the gall to demand more than $650,000,000 from a state that shut down because of budget fights and is facing a $500 million to $1 billion budget gap in 2012”,

  3. This is obscene! Zigi Wilf is demanding over $650 million from taxpayers here in Minnesota for a new stadium, yet he has $19 million to spend on a condo in New York City.

    He should build his own stadium. Not one cent of taxpayer money.

  4. And there are ways to do it Dann, where there is not one cent of taxpayer money. I agree that taxpayer dollars should not go towards a stadium. That’s the solution we’re trying to get to: A public/Private joint venture with no existing tax dollars. There are viable options to doing that.

  5. Chuck: “Yes, the same guy that wants to put half a billion into an unused piece of land, that’s the one…..”

    Give my $650 million dollars, and I will put half a billion into the same land. Or any other land you care to offer as part of the deal.

    Chuck: “That’s the solution we’re trying to get to: A public/Private joint venture with no existing tax dollars. There are viable options to doing that.”

    Sure! Let’s create a new public funding source, unrelated to the stadium or the Vikings, and dedicate that money to the stadium and the Vikings rather than the general fund like most every other general public funding source. Sounds fair to me, as long as no existing tax dollars are touched.

    What? We have a recent history of raising taxes/fees and cutting services to balance the state budget, and our state’s future economic outlook looks like more of the same? Dang, I wish we could find a new public funding source to help with this mess, but we dedicated the best one to the benefit of the stadium and the Vikings! Oh well. At least no existing tax dollars were touched for the stadium, that’s the important thing.

    While a tax or fee or lottery or gambling money may be collected from citizens differently, if it is collected by the same entity (state government), those funds are completely interchangeable once we get to the point of allocation. “Not one cent of taxpayer money” is an accounting gimmick, not a fair funding solution.

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