Uncensored Civics

David Brauer is a former Journal editor who lives in Kingfield, where he chaired the neighborhood association and farmers market boards. Find him on Twitter @dbrauer.
May 04, 2015

The Minneapolis soccer stadium battle is between two valid viewpoints.

Soccer fans compare Minnesota United FC’s $150 million offer — 100 percent of construction and land acquisition costs — to other local sports grabs. If the Twins had done this for Target Field, the 0.15 percent Hennepin County sales tax would be gone or greatly reduced. If the Vikings had paid in full, Minneapolis wouldn’t be mortgaging its 0.5 percent convention center sales tax through 2045. Would you love those stadiums a lot more under those circumstances?


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