Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Gag order?

Minnesota Public Radio, WCCO-AM, and TPT's Almanac have all declined offers from state Rep. Phil Krinke (R-Lino Lakes), state Sen. John Marty (DFL-Roseville), and John Knight of Citizens for a Stadium Tax Referendum to discuss the stadium tax on their air. There are at least seven public affairs shows between these three outlets, which have granted air time to stadium backers Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat and Twins President Jerry Bell.

Krinke and Marty have introduced the Fair Stadium Funding Act as a compromise that would share part of the Twins's increased revenue in return for the public investment (sales tax revenue) that would build the new stadium. Opat and Bell have opposed a referendum on the county sales tax, and the Krinke-Marty bill.


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