Breaking: Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Opposes Vikings Stadium #wilfare

The Standish Ericsson Neighborhood in South Minneapolis falls within parts of the wards of City Council Members Gary Schiff and Sandy Colvin Roy. The letter and resolution below explain why they oppose redistributing city revenues to a New Jersey businessman when the city has legitimate needs to address.

Viking Resolution Letter 1

Viking Resolution Letter 2

2 thoughts on “Breaking: Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Opposes Vikings Stadium #wilfare”

  1. This document doesn’t refute public subsidies–it merely says they should be absorbed by the State and not the City.

    I wonder what the signers think will happen if this item comes up for a public vote? I would guess they believe it would be shot down. No mention is made of what options should be considered if the item is voted down—except to shake down Dayton for a bigger state subsidy.

    Zero is said about getting more money from the Wilf’s–the sponsors seem to be happy with the Wilf’s level of contribution.

    The writers seem to perfectly happy with a stadium located outside of the city because most of the fans and Vikings employees live elsewhere. Rybak hasn’t convinced them of the value of having a stadium in the city. I suspect the Vikings would have been happier with Arden Hills if the politicians will support it.

    Where is the outcry against public subsidies for wealthy private owners?? I sure don’t see anything like that implied in this document. It seems to be mostly an effort to buck heads with his Honor, Mayor Rybak–and not much more than that.

  2. WHEREAS the city of Minneapolis ans state of Minnesota gain no social benefit from the NFL, and all stadium deals clearly give away all taxable value from the Vikings.

    WHEREAS the city of Minneapolis and state of Minnesota appears to have 500+ million of tax dollars available to be given away to private business.

    WHEREAS the city of Minneapolis and state of Minnesota appear to want to create construction and engineering jobs, but are confused by the value provided by large single-use entertainment stadiums.

    WHEREAS the city of Minneapolis and state of Minnesota appear poised to throw this money away on an entertainment business instead of long-term manufacturing or production business.

    WHEREAS the citizens of Minneapolis and state of Minnesota are aware of this problem, and demand better value for our tax dollar and better governance in applying our limited resources.

    TO IT RESOLVED
    We urge the city and state to invest not in stadiums and urban sprawl developments, but into alternative energy grid and power system installations to begin the process of replacing our outdated energy systems in 2012.

    We urge you to please not wait another decade for Germany and China to solve and gain all the manufacturing and engineering expertise of our world’s future energy systems.

    Please start here–
    http://real-economics.blogspot.com/2012/03/when-environmentalists-wont-grow-up.html

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