Updated: 10/08/2013 7:25 AM
Created: 10/07/2013 9:21 PM KSTP.com
By: Jay Kolls
A Minnesota lawmaker will introduce a bill that's aimed at the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), the group that oversees spending on the new Vikings Stadium.
State Representative Mary Liz Holberg, (R) Lakeville, tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, "Current law does not require the MSFA to divulge revenue streams for Vikings games, concerts, truck shows and other events that will be held at the new stadium."
Rep. Holberg says that is not fair to taxpayers who are financing more than half of the billion-dollar cost to build the new facility. Rep. Holberg says her bill will correct what she calls "flaws in the current statute."
Rep. Holberg says that with the way the law is written, it is not clear if future revenues will help pay for future capital improvements, operating expenses and repairs during the 30-year lease the Vikings have with the MSFA to play in the new stadium. Rep. Holberg says she has never seen a public data exemption like the one MSFA has for financial accountability in her 16 years working at the Capitol.
Her new bill would remove the exemption and require the MSFA to make all of their financial books open to the public for scrutiny. "Sunshine is the best antiseptic for public spending," Rep. Holberg said.
We asked the MSFA for an interview through phone calls and emails, but we did not hear back from the agency. We also reached out to the authors of the original stadium bill that is now law, but they did not return our phone calls.
Rep. Holberg plans to introduce her bill before the legislative session starts next February.