Another one bites the dust: The Minnesota house government operations committee voted 9-6 last night to spike the Vikings stadium bill, leaving the plan for a $1 billion Minneapolis stadium all but lifeless. “Somebody would have to pull a rabbit out of the hat,” said Rep. Morrie Lanning, the bill’s lead author.
Of course, the Vikings have been through this before — and before, and before — and with the team already committed to staying at the Metrodome for this fall, all concerned are apparently ready to come back next spring to do it all over again, with all the old rejected stadium plans now back on the table. “If we don’t get it this session we’ll get it next session,” said Gov. Mark Dayton today. “Sometimes the difficult takes a while, the impossible takes a little longer.”
Added Dayton: “We have to get a stadium next year or the Vikings will leave. It’s just as clear as that.” I feel like I heard this somewhere before … oh, right.