Gov. Mark Dayton stepped away from the podium after finishing his meeting of the Capital Preservation Commission on Tuesday, but he only took two steps before he turned back to the microphone to give an update on the current state of the stadium.
"The stadium issue is really, really concerning to me. I just hope the Supreme Court recognizes the urgency of the situation and will act as quickly as it possibly can," Dayton said. "The financing for this project is very much down to days if not just a couple weeks which I assume the three petitioners knew by the way they handled this and put in their filing on the Friday before the bonds were going to be sold."
Dayton went on to say that thousands of jobs and potential revenue is in serious jeopardy and he asked for a quick response from the Supreme Court calling the situation urgent.
"This project could be destroyed if this isn't resolved. The financing could be destroyed and therefore the project. And then we're left without thousands of construction jobs for the stadium and land development next to it."
Three Minneapolis residents filed a motion with the Minnesota Supreme Court arguing that since Minneapolis sales tax revenue is included in the stadium deal, a constitutional conflict exists without a referendum vote. The proceeds from the bond sales are expected to cover expenses for construction, land acquisition, and other expenses during the project.