The Minnesota legislature is working to undo a law which requires a vote of citizens (referendum) on long term debt like a proposed $478 million stadium for the Twins baseball team.
County officials said the election requirement would “scuttle their deal” to build the stadium which will cost more than $1 billion over 30 years using local option sales tax money.
A survey published in the Star Tribune newspaper claims there is strong opposition to spending taxdollars for a private venture and strong support for an election to decide the issue.
Rep. Neil Peterson said that sometimes it is important for government folks to act regardless of public sentiment. “It won’t get done if we don’t do it now,” said Peterson in a Star Tribune news story.
He follows in a long line of leaders who disregarded public sentiment–Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Shah of Iran, just to name a few. Peterson would make a great Idaho legislator with his position on public sentiment.
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