Citizens for Stadium Tax Referendum Press Release
65%: Taxpayer Money Should Not Be Used for Professional Sports Stadiums
63% Support Referendum Requirement
St. Paul, MN (May 12, 2006) — After a lack of polls for months, KSTP just released a new statewide opinion poll on stadiums.
The poll provides important insight for legislators regarding the stadium debate.
Some of the results:
o 63% said there should a referendum for any sales tax for stadiums
o 57% to 29% prefer the Metro stadium tax over the Hennepin tax
o 65% said taxpayer money should not be used for professional sports stadiums
The metro tax would be a seven-county ½ cent rate to fund two professional sports stadiums (including a roof for the Twins owner), along with creating a permanent source of funding for transit needs. A voter referendum would be required.
"The poll results show the public strongly supports a referendum and that any stadium tax should be metro-wide," said Laura Lehmann of Citizens for a Stadium Tax Referendum.
With the Senate's most recent action, Senators are now on record supporting the referendum law in three separate votes – Senate Taxes Committee, Senate Rules Committee and a Senate floor vote.
"If Governor Pawlenty signs any stadium tax bill without a referendum he will be breaking his No New Taxes Pledge," added Lehmann.