Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has moved on from blaming his own gambling board for not telling him how they came up with outrageously optimistic gambling revenue projections, to saying that it shouldn’t be about blaming anybody for the Vikings stadium mess:
“We’re all in this together,” Dayton said Tuesday. “We’re all responsible for its creation.” He said it is far too soon to panic about whether the electronic games will eventually cover the state’s share of the new stadium.
“We’ll work this out,” Dayton said. “It’s not about pointing fingers about what happened last spring. … Unless somebody can prove conclusively otherwise, I would say everybody — the Gambling Control Board, the Department of Revenue, the Legislature, Republicans and Democrats, and my administration — everybody acted in good faith, and has applied their best judgment to a totally unprecedented situation.”
Right, because nobody could possibly have predicted that an untested gambling scheme wouldn’t actually bring in $62.5 million a year OH WAIT:
After a two-hour-long hearing where the bill was savaged both by charitable gambling groups worried that they’ll lose money if electronic pulltab gambling is approved to fund the stadium, and legislators worried that Gov. Mark Dayton’s estimate that pulltabs would generate $62.5 million a year was pulled out of thin air, the bill was abruptedly pulled from discussion for retooling.
Of course, the bill was just as abruptly unpulled from retooling when the NFL commissioner flew into town and threatened that the Vikings would move to a new stadium in L.A. You know, the L.A. stadium that totally isn’t happening now. But in any case, all the concerns about overstated gambling revenue projections were brushed aside by the plan’s sponsors, and now here the state is, with a massive budget hole and no way to fill it.
Still, all Minnesotans are equally to blame here: the Gambling Control Board, Republicans, Democrats, people who voted for the stadium bill, people who warned it would be a disaster… Because it’s not about blame now, it’s about pulling together to find a solution. And what does Dayton suggest?
Dayton said the state will “push hard to get these games throughout the state … people who play them say they’re really a lot of fun, and more fun than paper pulltabs. And once we get the charities going, I think this will get up to speed, and we’ll see where we stand.”
With solutions like these, maybe blaming people doesn’t sound so bad after all.