Stadium testimony 12-6-2011

The Welfare Rights Committee rejects any use of public money to build a new Vikings’ stadium. We reject any kind of tax hikes force upon the people of MN to build a new Vikings’ stadium.

With many families in MN still in the economic crisis which actually started many years ago.

With many families in MN still falling down the economic ladder instead of up.

With the rate of poverty rates going up in MN because of the economic crisis.

With many peoples’ wages falling over the past years due to layoffs, wage freezes, cut hours, and cut benefits.

With many families being thrown out of their homes due to foreclosures.

With many people and families being thrown out of their apartments because of the landlords’ foreclosures.

With many people and families in need of shelter, the homeless shelters are at capacity.

With many people and families being homeless which the majority of homeless are children.

With many poor and working families of MN who still can’t find any living wage jobs.

With many poor families of MN who can’t share the pain anymore because of continuous unemployment and cuts in social programs.

With the number of kids using their school lunches on the rise because without this program, many kids would not be able to get one decent meal during the day.

With many poor and working families of MN having to food shelves because they have no extra income for basic necessities.

With poor and working families aren’t going to be achieve the American Dream or a good quality of life for their families and themselves.

So this is no time to use any public money, creating new taxing, adding onto existing taxes to build a new stadium. The Vikings and their owners should take up the burden of financing their own stadium.

The Welfare Rights Committee continues to reject any use of public money to build a new Vikings’ stadium instead, we demand that any revenue raised needs to go back to the families in need. The state of MN needs to help its people and not just owner with a team.

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