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Editorial: A stadium fumble

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opinion Worthington, 56187
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

The Minnesota Legislature may be in overtime, but Republican lawmakers seem to be forgetting that getting things done requires teamwork -- when it comes to moving a new Minnesota Vikings stadium forward, anyway.

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House Majority Leader Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, said Tuesday afternoon that the GOP has been working on a new Vikings stadium proposal. The plan would reduce state contributions for the stadium and force the Vikings to pay more, which at first glance seems to make it a non-starter. It also riled Democrats for another reason.

Gov. Mark Dayton, upon learning of the new GOP stadium plan, scheduled an early Tuesday afternoon news conference to slam the "deep secret" Republican effort, which failed to involve any Democrats. Meanwhile, Dean, along with Sen. Julianne Ortmann, R-Chanhassen, said later in the day that their new stadium plan is still a work in progress. They also didn't elaborate on when votes on it may take place in the House and Senate.

This year's legislative session was supposed to conclude Monday, and yet there's no shortage of unfinished business at the Capitol (anyone remember talk of a bonding bill?). This is not the time to be shoving aside a plan eight months in the making in place of one that will almost certainly be supported by members of one party alone.

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