The Minnesota Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to exclude state tax dollars from being spent on a proposed new soccer stadium near downtown Minneapolis.
The widely bipartisan, 61-4 vote in favor of the ban came during debate on a broad budget bill covering state departments and operations. The Senate later approved the full bill, but a companion House bill funding state government does not currently include the soccer stadium provision.
The amendment's effect may be largely symbolic in any case. The private group that's landed a Major League Soccer franchise has not asked for a direct state subsidy, and the Senate amendment does not tie the hands of elected officials in Hennepin County or Minneapolis, who are likely to be involved in funding talks . . .Unfortunately, it appears Indy Eleven's Ersal Ozdemir has done a better job buying off state lawmakers here in Indiana than the Minnesota United's team owner. Taxpayers better be prepared to bend over and take another one for Indy Eleven's owner. It seems these professional sports team owners can extract however much money they want from our elected officials in Indiana.