Republican lawmakers are proposing legislation that would prohibit family and friends of Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority officials from using government suites at the new Vikings stadium, even though the Authority recently implemented that same policy. At a marathon four-hour State Capitol hearing Tuesday afternoon, Vernon Center Senator Julie Rosen called it a breach of trust:
Sports Facilities Authority chair Michele Kelm-Helgen responded:
Republican Senator Mary Kiffmeyer from Big Lake questioned just-revealed expenditures by the Sports Facilities Authority — 300-thousand dollars annually over five years to lock-in access for several event spaces for 30 years. Kiffmeyer asked:
Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen responded the event spaces…
Republicans are also asking, why does the Sports Facilities Authority need both a chairman and an executive director? Senator Julie Rosen says:
Sports Facilities Authority Executive Director Ted Mondale responds his job is making sure contracts are complied with, while Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen focuses on external marketing of the new stadium:
Governor Mark Dayton says a handful of legislators are deriding dedicated public officials whose efforts triggered over a billion dollars in new business investments and several thousand new jobs.