MINNESOTA LEADERS TO PUT NEW STADIUM VOTE TO THE PUBLIC
MN legislative leaders announced yesterday they will put a
new Twins stadium to a public referendum, according to the
Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Leaders are unsure when the question
will come up, but polls done for the Twins show the best time to
get a Yes vote could be the September 10 primary. Some fear the
issue would face a closer vote in a more crowded November general
election. The vote is non-binding, and even with voter approval,
legislators would still need to back some public financing. A
bill to authorize a referendum asks voters "if they favor
construction of an open-air, retractable-canopy stadium, financed
by contributions from the Twins, private sources, a hotel-motel
and liquor tax and a surcharge on admissions to the stadium."
The question does not mention cost or location (Robert Whereatt,
Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/18).