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Vikings Stadium Fans Still Haven’t Found Their Checkbooks #wilfare

A guy who thinks that it’s the state and city’s responsibility to heavily subsidize his entertainment – John G. Morgan, of Burnsville – wrote an op-ed for the StarTribune that the StarTribune published. Morgan writes a counterpoint to the anti-stadium (ah-hem, pro-Vikings fans finding their checkbooks) arguments he’s heard. Here’s a counterpoint to his counterpoints: […]

Did Minneapolis’ Kids Lose Out to Vikings Stadium Subsidies? #wilfare

Curtis Gilbert at MPR reported on Governor Dayton’s choice to go against the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, by NOT funding top priorities in the 2012 Capital Projects Grant program and instead kicking $2 million toward Southwest LRT. Gilbert explained that Minneapolis public schools were on the list to receive […]

Janet Moore and Baird Helgeson Repeat Ridiculous Vikings Stadium Jobs Claims #wilfare

Note the sentence in parentheses at the end of the below paragraph from Janet Moore and Baird Helgeson’s StarTribune piece on Vikings stadium corporate welfare subsidies: Gov. Mark Dayton said in a statement that although the Supreme Court challenge “had no merit, I was extremely concerned that this lawsuit would delay the financing of the […]

A “Reasonable Liberal” on Publicly Financing the NFL #wilfare cc @LiberalPolitico

A Twitter user who goes by the name “Reasonable Liberal” broke down a justification for subsidizing the Wilf Family of Fraudsters in New Jersey rather than investing Minnesota tax payers money in Minnesotans. @edkohler I think you severely underestimate the impact of an NFL franchise. Like an orchestra, the value is not only in dollars […]

Who are taxpayers paying to store Vikings stadium construction dirt? #wilfare

Building a “People’s Stadium” to the NFL’s specs involves moving a lot of dirt. The upside of building a stadium where an NFL stadium already exists is that it’s easy to find empty lots to store that dirt on since NFL stadiums don’t spur development. Tim Nelson reported that the MSFA has found a temporary […]

The #MNGOP’s Vikings Stadium Financing Disaster Continues #wilfare

A MN GOP group called something like the MN Corporate Welfare Coalition* is going after Governor Dayton on the day of the groundbreaking on the new Vikings stadium with a blog post titled: “Mark Dayton Fumbles on the Vikings Stadium Deal“. Fumbles. Get it? It’s almost as if the MN Jobs Coalition has forgotten who […]

Vikings Stadium Tailgaters Sold Out By the Wilf Family of Fraudsters #wilfare

The MSFA (Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority) has an interesting video illustrating how the Metrodome, with it’s new roof and turf, will be destroyed to make way for a new parking lot, VIP suite bathrooms, and stadium restaurants to compete with existing downtown restaurants. Another thing the video shows is the loss of tailgating lots. The […]

A Vikings Stadium #Wilfare Perspective on Why Betsy Hodges is My First Choice for #mplsmayor

Three Minneapolis City Council members decided to run for mayor after casting votes for or against spending approximately $675 million over 30 years to cover a portion of construction (plus interest) and 30 years of maintenance costs to replace the Metrodome with a slightly larger facility that would remove land from the property tax base, […]

Should Local Businesses Subsidize Shifting Sales from Local Businesses to the NFL? #wilfare

Judd Zulgad from 1500ESPN tweeted a few observations during his trip to Lambeau Field, including the one below regarding revenue captured on-site at Lambeau Field compared to the Metrodome: That’s certainly true. Lambeau does offer fans more to look at, including Lombardi Trophies (couldn’t resist). But, who’s problem is that? Based on how Minneapolis chose […]

Public MUST Visit Wilf Family of Fraudster’s Souvenir Shop on Vikings Stadium Tours #wilfare

Imagine running a private business in a public building where you get to keep the profits and somehow avoid paying any property taxes. That’s just one of the lame things about the Vikings stadium deal the City of Minneapolis and State of Minnesota entered into. But, it’s not enough for the Vikings to extract money […]

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