The Minnesota Vikings — based in Delaware?
Sen. John Howe has discovered something that does not make him happy. The Minnesota Vikings, LLC is incorporated in Delaware — not Minnesota. Delaware is a popular place for companies to incorporate because they do not have to pay income taxes if they don't do business in the state. The state also has no sales or personal property tax.
Howe argues that if the Minnesota Vikings want a public subsidy from the state of Minnesota to build a stadium, they should be based here and paying taxes.
"There is a fairness issue and everybody who says just vote yes for a stadium doesn't understand that," Howe said.
The Red Wing Republican said he plans to offer an amendment today to the Vikings stadium bill that would require the Vikings organization to be based in Minnesota in order to get state funding for a stadium. Howe also plans to offer an amendment that would pay for the state's share of the stadium with a user fee on stadium-related items like tickets, parking and sports memorabilia. The Minnesota Vikings are fiercly opposed to that idea. Click here to Download Vikings letter to Sen. Howe. Go here to see Howe's response.