The Minnesota Vikings public subsidy package is moving forward to potential votes in the House and Senate later this week, but conservative Republicans in the Senate are attempting to halt its progress, according to Mike Kaszuba of The Star Tribune.
Senate Republicans mounted a vigorous challenge to the Minnesota Vikings stadium plan Wednesday, arguing that state taxpayers may ultimately have to pay for the project and that supporting it went against the party’s conservative values.
The public subsidy package to build the $1 billion stadium in downtown Minneapolis came under intense questioning from some of the Senate’s most conservative Republican members, who painted the project’s financing as shaky and the stadium as another example of big government spending.
In addition to the conservative challenge to the bill, Wednesday's was highlighted by the appearance of Vikings Adrian Peterson, John Sullivan and Chad Greenway at the State Capitol. Peterson expressed his support of team owner Zygi Wilf and the stadium plan.