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Vikings stadium plan took from the poor and gave to the rich

Minnesota legislators took from charities to fund a rich man's playground.

Minnesota legislators took from charities to fund a rich man's playground.

Reader Eric Johnson responds to How the Vikings stadium tax bankrupted a St. Cloud bingo charity:

The stadium has never made economic sense to Minnesota.

The ticket taxes and income tax we get from the players is offset by the fact most of them do not live in Minnesota after they leave the team (move/retire), so we do not get the churn that we get with full time residents.

The jobs they created (other than the construction, which the Minnesota taxpayers funded) are mostly minimum wage.

The money we spent could have bought all the tickets at the Dome for 20 years. Also, 20 years from now the Vikings will want a new stadium, just like they wanted to replace the Dome after 20 years.

Public subsidies for billionaires and millionaires has never made sense.