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2012
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Minnesota Super-Gov., Mark Dayton, to Lead Rally for New Stadium, Union Jobs on Tuesday



Continuing in his role as most active, awesome Governor in the U.S., Minnesota’s Mark Dayton will lead a rally on Tuesday in support of a job-creating football stadium:

Minneapolis City Council members will soon be contacted by up to 30,000 job-hungry labor union members, all eager for the construction work a new Minnesota Vikings stadium could bring.

Gov. Mark Dayton will lead a rally at the Capitol on Tuesday for the proposed stadium and may hit the road later this month for similar rallies across the state.

That’s just the beginning as business leaders, labor, lobbyists and stadium supporters launch an all-out blitz to push the $975 million project over the goal line in the coming weeks.

“Now is when it gets serious,” said Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership, which represents the state’s largest corporations.

“We need to get some people to yes,” said Todd Klingel, president of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce. “The wheels are already turning.”

The stadium, supported by members of several unions because of its potential to secure diverse and local jobs under a Project Labor Agreement, could bring in an estimated $300 million in payroll. Fellow NFC team the San Francisco 49ers signed a similar agreement last week.

Dayton, whose proposed bonding bill is a model for robust infrastructure investment, has overtly pledged his support for the new Vikings digs:

On Friday, Tina Smith, Gov. Mark Dayton’s chief of staff and a former chief of staff to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, was making personal phone calls to swing votes on the Minneapolis City Council, where several members maintain that any diversion of taxes should go before city residents for a referendum vote.

Supporters admit passage could be an uphill climb but say they are getting to work immediately.

Dayton has pledged to keep “working on this project until we get it done.” He’ll be joined by throngs of building union trade members when he makes a public pitch at Tuesday’s rally.

Read more from the Star-Tribune HERE.

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