Wednesday, March 14, 2012
State Sen. Dave Thompson has been an ardent opponent to a new stadium.
A proposal for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium is heating up at the legislature and the first major hearing for the legislation is set to take place at the Capitol on Wednesday from 1–2:45 p.m. Lakeville Patch is teaming with The UpTake to bring you live, streaming video from the Senate's Local Government and Elections Committee. State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 36), of Lakeville, has been an ardent opponent of the stadium plan, saying it's inconceivable. "The focus of the legislature should be on creating a business friendly environment that facilitates success for the Minnesota Vikings and every other job provider in our state," he said. "It is inconceivable that we would fund a stadium to help multi-million dollar athletes pay their…
Saturday, March 3, 2012
State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 36) of Lakeville, discusses the Vikings stadium, teacher seniority, and other topics in this edition of his legislative update.
State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 36) of Lakeville, released his most recent legislative update.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Holberg addressed job creation, stadium funding, the projected budget surplus and redistricting.
The Minnesota State Legislature reconvenes Jan. 24. To prepare for the upcoming session, Lakeville Patch gave Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (R-District 36A) a call to discuss job creation, the construction of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, the state’s projected $876 million budget surplus and what Lakeville can expect from this redistricting year. Patch: What are some of the biggest issues that the Legislature is going to address in the coming months? Holberg: We’ll have to watch for the February forecast and look at where the state is fiscally. I don’t expect that they’ll be any additional money to spend, given that any additional revenues, by current law, will go to pay back the education shift. But if the forecast should take a turn …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The state representative expressed his opinions regarding the budget surplus and Vikings stadium.
The Minnesota State Legislature reconvenes Jan. 24. To prepare for the upcoming session, Patch gave Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-District 36B) a call to discuss the state’s $876 million budget surplus, the construction of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings and expectation for the coming months. Patch: How do you think the surplus should be used? Garofalo: It’s no secret that the Republicans didn’t like the education shifts and we didn’t want to do it and now that the money’s there, this gives us the opportunity to pay it back. I would say filling up the budget reserves and paying back the shifts, and absolutely not using it to grow or expand government. Patch: For you, what are the biggest items on the agenda for this upcoming session, aside …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
State senator from District 36 addresses stadium funding, projected budget surplus, constitutional amendments and spending reforms.
The Minnesota State Legislature reconvenes Jan. 24. To prepare for the upcoming session, Patch called Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 36) of Lakeville to discuss such subjects as the construction of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, the state’s projected $876 million budget surplus and expectations for the coming months. Patch: Could you start out by telling me some of the big issues Minnesota residents can expect to see the Legislature addressing in the coming months? Thompson: I think everybody understands that a deal to do a Minnesota Vikings stadium certainly is going to be something that’s going to get a lot of attention from the public, as well as legislators and the media. And with that, gambling will undoubtedly become a part…
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Dave Thompson said Vikings are an asset, but thinks approving a stadium sends a bad message.
Lakeville's State Sen. Dave Thompson (R-District 36) said Wednesday that he will not be voting to support a new Vikings stadium. He also had some harsh words for his Republican colleagues who authored the bill which would have the state and Minnesotans contribute as much as $300 million through a series of new taxes and fees, and revenue from the stadium's naming rights. “I acknowledge the Minnesota Vikings are a state asset. However, Republicans campaigned on the message of sensible government, low taxes and decreased regulation," Thompson said in a statement. "The voters sent us a clear message." Thompson said as legislators, he and those in the House and Senate are in the business of making tough decisions. "The focus of the legislature…