Thursday, November 02, 2006

Bonoff: Pohlads coulda, shoulda paid for stadium


Well of course Sen. Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka) had to vote to authorize Hennepin County to levy a $1.1 billion, 30-year sales tax without a voter referendum to help build a Twins stadium. The Pohlads apparently left her no choice. As Bonoff explains at a June 26 Town Hall Meeting with constituents:

"Well that is disappointing that it seems that the wealthiest people are the ones that really made out.

"I am sorry that those people wouldn't step up to the plate and do what they needed to do to do that stadium, they should have. That's terrible! They should have done that. I absolutely agree with you. The Pohlad family trust could have done that stadium. They didn't. I agree."

So the Pohlads faced down the Legislature, and Sen. Bonoff blinked. According to Bonoff, the Pohlads got a good deal. What about the rest of us in Hennepin County?

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