Vandeveer opposes stadium bill

If legislation for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium advances this session, it won’t be with backing from State Sen. Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake. Vandeveer was one of six  members of the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee to vote no in an 8-6 vote to refer the stadium bill to the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee. Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, was also opposed. Vandeveer is chair of the Senate committee where the stadium bill has been blocked for the past month.

  • Referendum Jones

    Good to see Ray pandering to the Tea Party.

    • Eric Langness

      You’re an idiot if you think this is a partisan bill. It’s one that you’ll find both democrats and Republicans on both sides of the issue. Take a look at votes already cast in committee and you can see it’s by far the bill furthest from party line votes of any controversial issue presented to the legislature this year.

      That being said, if you choose to vote for a candidate based solely on if they vote for or against a stadium bill it shows your absolute lac of priority. Education, the economy and transportation are much higher on my list.

  • Eric Langness

    Good. Wilf can buy his own stadium. The Vikings after all is his private business and government has no business running it or bailing it out!

  • Referendum Jones

    Your a hypocrite Eric. If Education, economy, and transportation are on your list why is it you always rail on and vote against every school levy, every road improvement (nice sign at your roundabout protest – you looked like a 99%er you demonize.) I’m actually against the stadium myself. You read far too much into my 9 word comment.

    • Eric Langness

      I’ve not voted against EVERY levy and in fact while a board member said repeatedly that I would support public choice on levies. I always pushed that they were presented in a fair and honest way. In one levy I proposed ballot questions that we have a 1 million dollar cut (feasible amount to reduce), a ‘stay the same levy’ that built in an inflationary index over the years or thirdly an increase levy. It would have given the voters a real choice other than harsh cuts or massive increases. I was also the ONLY board member to present to the board a list of cuts I was willing to make should my suggested levy of a cut be the only that pass. No one else presented what they would cut should their cut be the voter choice. You can criticize me for giving voters ALL the options but you must recognize I was the only one with enough guts to make the tough decisions.

      I was a firm supporter of many road improvement projects. I’ve for years openly supported a new Broadway / I35 bridge and Broadway Avenue project. For the most part I’m happy with the results of the project and only have relatively minor concerns with most of it. Even with those concerns I would have voted yes on those two projects had I been mayor or a city council member. The roundabout is not the best option the city had and certainly cost us more than other options. I did not support it or the original plan of putting in 9 (NINE!!!) of them down Broadway Avenue. I’m proud that my work and that of others led to the defeat of those pushing that absurd plan. In the future I think Forest Lake needs several more road improvement projects, particularly resurfacing and in some areas partial realignment of North Shore Trail, numerous improvement areas on Highway 97 throughout the city, improvement of multiple roads through our business district (behind Walmart/Target area) and we should work with Columbus (as it’s technically in their city) the Highway 97 interchange with I35.

      Your 9 word comment was quite the partisan comment for an issue that clearly isn’t a partisan issue. It’s interesting how you’ve failed to point out any inaccuracy with my comments regarding it.

  • Referendum Jones

    I didn’t point out the inaccuracy because your are right. There is actually bipartisan support AGAINST the stadium which I applaud. However, my nine words indicated that Vandeveer is pandering and not really thinking on his own. Perhaps just my opinion but I think he is just opposing it because Dayton is for it.

    • Eric Langness

      Maybe you should take the time and talk to him. I spoke to him yesterday and that’s not what I gathered in my conversation.

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