Details Of Vikings Stadium Bill Not Likely To Be Finalized Today
It "appears unlikely that the remaining details" in the Minnesota state Legislature's Vikings stadium bill "will be finished by the end of this week, as stadium proponents had hoped." But the missed deadline "might make little difference anyway, since no special session has been called in which to act on the bill." Legislators "want to have enough time before a special session to conduct hearings" on the bill. Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett said that today "was never a hard-and-fast deadline" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/17).
The NFL "will not permit the Vikings to put an income tax surcharge on the salaries of NFL players as part of the money needed" to build a stadium. So there "won't be any money to pay for the stadium coming from taxes on pro athletes who are members of a visiting team." The league refused to comment on the matter (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/17).