If 0-3 isn’t depressing enough, a Ramsey County Charter Commission could make the Minnesota Vikings 0-Forever. Wednesday night, September 28th the Commission will be taking public testimony to help make a decision as to whether the Commission should vote to put the Ramsey County portion of the proposed Arden Hills stadium on the 2012 ballot via referendum.
Referendum has been discussed frequently recently, including by members of the State of Minnesota Legislature. The irony here is that the Legislature instructed the Vikings to find a local partner in order to get their vote. And now that they have a local partner, Legislative leadership wants to railroad the Vikings efforts by putting it to a vote.
Please attend on Wednesday night and tell the Ramsey County Charter Commission that you support the Vikings efforts to build a stadium in Ramsey County! Please ask them to consider the following:
- The Vikings stadium will create 7,500 construction jobs over 3 years in Ramsey County for the 20% unemployed trades
- The Vikings stadium will create 3,000 long term jobs in Ramsey County that they would not have if not for the stadium
- The Vikings Stadium in Ramsey County means increased hotel stays, car rentals, restaurant visits and other fan related activities that will generate $125M in annual business that translates to an additional $8.7M in sales tax for the County coffers in not for the stadium
- That the Arden Hills super fund site has sat empty for over a decade and will sit empty for another decade if they vote for a referendum
- That it is unfair for Ramsey County citizens to determine the outcome for a statewide asset like the Vikings
- Hennepin County did not have a referendum for the Twins stadium and the Vikings deserve to be treated fairly just like the Twins were
- That Lawmakers are asking for a referendum because they are too cowardly to address the issue themselves
- If a referendum is to be passed on the Vikings, it should be statewide attached to a Racino vote, which would pass