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08:02 AM ET 05.27 | Chris Coleman, the mayor of the smaller of Minnesota's Twin Cities, has a big idea. Coleman floated a jumbo-sized plan Wednesday that would address Minnesota's stadium dilemma with a new statewide tax of 2 cents per alcoholic drink while keeping the Vikings in Minneapolis and moving pro basketball to St. Paul. Coleman said his plan would raise $48 million a year for sports facilities. He said a Vikings plan to move to Ramsey County doesn't make sense; his plan would not move the team but send the Timberwolves and the Lynx to St. Paul to share the Xcel Energy Center with the Wild. Target Center in downtown Minneapolis would become a practice facility.

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May 27, 2011  08:21 AM ET

GO VIKINGS! And take the Twins and T'wolves with you!

May 27, 2011  08:29 AM ET

So, what do beer drinkers who don't care about the Vikings think of this? How about a $10,000 tax on politicians instead?

Look, first off, they'll add another penny to the tax to provide high-speed internet to prison inmates and the homeless. Another cent for administrator and bureaucrat salaries, so they can send out more forms we have to fill in. Two cents per drink directly to the oil companies because, well, because they're the oil companies. So, now they're up to a nickel. And when the stadium is paid for, the tax will still be there, but the money will go into the "general fund" to raise the perks of state legislators.

And the next time somebody wants a stadium, they'll do it all over again. The same old story, every year. It never ends. Sounds just like Brett Favre.

May 27, 2011  08:30 AM ET

Its called, need a new stadium. MN better get it done or kiss the Vikings goodbye

May 27, 2011  08:37 AM ET

Instead of taxing the people make the owners pay for the stadium. Take some loans just like normal people when they want a new house.

May 27, 2011  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Instead of taxing the people make the owners pay for the stadium. Take some loans just like normal people when they want a new house.

Bob Kraft bought the Pats a stadium with his money. Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys a stadium with his money. So, isn't Ziggy enough of a man to stand up with these guys?

May 27, 2011  08:43 AM ET

How about two cents for every stupid idea a politician has? That beats the $48M/year easy

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May 27, 2011  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He...he...you said Brett Favre.

Yeah, the new Moderator / Witch bleeps me if I say "boobs" or "cleavage."

May 27, 2011  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

So, what do beer drinkers who don't care about the Vikings think of this? How about a $10,000 tax on politicians instead?Look, first off, they'll add another penny to the tax to provide high-speed internet to prison inmates and the homeless. Another cent for administrator and bureaucrat salaries, so they can send out more forms we have to fill in. Two cents per drink directly to the oil companies because, well, because they're the oil companies. So, now they're up to a nickel. And when the stadium is paid for, the tax will still be there, but the money will go into the "general fund" to raise the perks of state legislators.And the next time somebody wants a stadium, they'll do it all over again. The same old story, every year. It never ends. Sounds just like Brett Favre.

I agree 100%!! A Sin tax is not the answer to keeping a team in Minn, its just another way to make money for the politicians and use this as a wool blanket.

The owners, who OWN THE TEAM, should have to build their own stadium! If they want to raise the prices of tickets and concessions then that's ok because its their team and it only effects the people who attend the games. Don't tax the who city/state because that effects everyone for years after the stadium is paid for.

I know that the team is having $$ issues but thats not the fans fault, its the fault of the owners. Can somebody tell me why taxing the general public to pay for a private establishment makes sense?

May 27, 2011  09:34 AM ET

A referendum was placed on the ballot in PA for a 1% increase in sales tax, the increased revenue to go to building stadiums and other pet projects. it was massively defeated, but the PA legislature found other ways to get $ to the owners they called it Plan B.

May 27, 2011  09:51 AM ET

2 cents a drink will raise $48 million a year?

I think that comes out to almost 2.5 BILLION drinks to raise that kind of money.
I think Minnesota could use a AA Chapter.

May 27, 2011  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

2 cents a drink will raise $48 million a year?I think that comes out to almost 2.5 BILLION drinks to raise that kind of money.I think Minnesota could use a AA Chapter.

With a population of 5.3 million, that comes out to 453 drinks per capita per year.

May 27, 2011  10:06 AM ET

OK, who wrote FN and asked for a daily Viking Thread?


My moneys on Cooper!

May 27, 2011  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

2 cents a drink will raise $48 million a year?I think that comes out to almost 2.5 BILLION drinks to raise that kind of money. I think Minnesota could use a AA Chapter.

It's damn cold here. it keeps us warm!

May 27, 2011  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sounds just like Brett Favre.

Minus the ****-pic emails, of course

May 27, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

With a population of 5.3 million, that comes out to 453 drinks per capita per year.

I'm doing my part (plus a few other people's.)

May 27, 2011  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

With a population of 5.3 million, that comes out to 453 drinks per capita per year.

Babies too? Wow.
If the whole Country could get on board with this plan, we could wipe out the deficit in 3 years.

May 27, 2011  10:55 AM ET
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Babies too? Wow.If the whole Country could get on board with this plan, we could wipe out the deficit in 3 years.

And wipe out the Mexican drug cartels by turning all of those stoners and meth addicts into productive drunks. Wow, gotta love this progressive Minnesota thinking.

May 27, 2011  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Wow, gotta love this progressive Minnesota thinking.

No, Flo, not that kind of Progressive.

 
May 27, 2011  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Babies too? Wow.If the whole Country could get on board with this plan, we could wipe out the deficit in 3 years.

...not to mention allowing new parents to get some sleep at night. Drunk babies are nowhere near as fussy as sober babies

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