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Gov. Dayton opposes seat licenses for new Vikings’ venue

Posted: November 14, 2012 - 5:14pm

Gov. Mark Dayton told Zygi and Mark Wilf, owners of the Minnesota Vikings, that seat licensing would put the team at odds with the governor’s concept that the new stadium would be the “people’s stadium,” not the rich people’s stadium.

Well, in this case, the governor’s right. The Wilfs, as other National Football League (NFL) owners have, got the state to go along with a new stadium for the Vikings. The state of Minnesota and the city of Minneapolis are on the hook for $498 million of the $975 million the new facility is expected to cost.

Zygi Wilf, a seasoned New Jersey businessman, tossed out the idea of charging a seat license for season ticket holders. Cost of such licenses for a permanent seat at the new stadium? It could be as little as a few thousand dollars to as much as $50,000.

Dayton, in a letter to the Vikings’ owner said, “I strongly oppose shifting any part of the team’s responsibility for those costs onto Minnesota Vikings fans.”

If the Wilfs expect taxpayers of the state to fork out a portion of the $498 million and on top of that, those who are rich enough to cough up a seat license (a.k.a. a tax, that the government would not get) on top of tax revenue sits crossways with anyone opposed to corporate welfare. For taxpayer dollars contributing to the wealth of a business, is, in fact, corporate welfare. Adding a seat tax to defray the expense of the Wilfs is nuts!

The governor should hear from every taxpayer in this state that is tired of being put on the hook for the enrichment of a few individuals. It’s never too late to withdraw state funding from this inane use of taxpayer funds.

Gov. Dayton, do not give an inch on this latest fleecing of the people of Minnesota.

Keith Hansen