Here's how state Rep. Tom Tillberry (DFL-51B) explained in an email Tuesday:
I was an original author to the Kreisel charitable gambling bill, which now turned into the Viking stadium bill. We needed to resolve the stadium issue and this was the best way possible for this legislature at this time. Although we have other needs in our community that have more priority, the decision to build the stadium would supply us with more job opportunities for people who have been waiting for work. I can't be sure that the bonding bill will pass. We need to get our workers back to work. If we wait for a good time to build a stadium, it will never be built. It's been argued for over 6 years and my constituents told me that they wanted the stadium by a margin of 15 yes votes to every 1 no vote. That made my decision much easier.