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Rep. Kieffer Outlines ‘No’ Vote on Vikings Stadium Bill

The Woodbury Republican said she would have supported the bill if it came down to her vote.

Rep. Andrea Kieffer on Monday voted against the Vikings stadium bill.

But if she had had the swing vote, she would have changed it.

“I was not going to let the bill die,” said Kieffer, a Republican from Woodbury. “If they needed my ‘yes’ vote, I was going to give it.”

The bill passed the House 73-58, and the Senate was expected to debate the matter today.

The main issue for Kieffer was the funding mechanism behind cost overruns for the project. She said she supports racino legislation and user fees for the stadium, but doesn’t want the state’s general fund to be the “backstop” for stadium funding.

She said it makes sense for the state to pay for the general infrastructure for the project but not “granite countertops in the bathrooms.”

Kieffer said she expects the Senate version of the bill to be “very different” and anticipates another vote after the legislation goes through conference committee.

“I don’t want the Vikings to leave,” she said. “But we’ve got to do what’s right for the taxpayers. … I will do everything I can to keep the Vikings.”

 

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Resident 55129 May 10, 2012 at 03:30 PM
She voted No again on the final bill. I will remember this come November
Chris Soukup May 10, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I think her position is fairly easy to understand. She ran on lower spending and voting for the bill would have gone against that. She also understood that keeping the Vikings was so important, she would have gone against thy campaign pledge to keep them here would the stadium have been in danger of failing. The vote difference being what it was, she could vote her conscience and the people still get their stadium. I say well done and kudos. I appreciate her keeping in mind both what she promised and what she heard from constituents.
Chris Soukup May 11, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Edward, you must have missed the anti-Kieffer email blast The Taxpayers League sent out when she publicly supported Racino.
STW May 11, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I would of respected her more if she would have voted for the Vikings all the way, or voted against them all they. In my opinion, that would have shown more character. The way she did it was just safe.
STW May 11, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Sorry, need sleep. You get the idea.

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