ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Vikings stadium drama that has been consuming Minnesota’s Capitol is finally coming to a head, with expected votes Monday in the state House and Senate.
But the politics of the votes are messy. Lawmakers are all over the map, with Republicans and Democrats on both sides of the issue.
Supporters worry that failure to act this year could mean losing the state’s most beloved sports franchise. That’s balanced by opponents of public spending on the stadium, including some lawmakers who think who think concern that the Vikings will leave is overblown.
Many lawmakers are undecided or aren’t revealing their positions.
Vikings vice president Lester Bagley wouldn’t predict the outcome, saying only that the stadium is “within striking distance.”