Thursday, August 29, 2013

Minn Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA): SLOW DOWN

After I finished reading the Star Tribune story on MSFA's kick into "high gear" I thought of this song by Simon and Garfunkel, "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" 

Remember the words "Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last."

This is what the MSFA needs to do.

I find puzzling Ms. Kelm-Helgen's statement "We don't have much time here, and I'm concerned about the schedule."  Well don't be.  Assume leadership and say we want to do "due diligence" on the Wilf's financial info and want to be sure that they are in the position to finance their end of the bargain on the new Viking's Stadium.  It has been my experience over the decades observing and participating in the governmental process that speed and due diligence do not mix.

Such an undertaking as the Viking's Stadium deal for sure needs to take the time to make sure all the i's and t's are dotted and crossed.  The public also needs to have confidence in this late go around of research and "follow the money" scenarios.  

By the way at the end of the process the audit/investigatory report should be public as Governor Mark Dayton has promised.  

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