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Dayton doubts latest plan to pay for Vikings stadium

Gov. Dayton said Monday that the latest proposal to cover the state's share of a new Vikings stadium would rely on a form of illegal gambling known as tip boards. "It doesn’t strike me at first glance as a viable option," he said at a Capitol press conference.
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Gov. Dayton said Monday that the latest proposal to cover the state's share of a new Vikings stadium would rely on a form of illegal gambling known as tip boards, Politics in Minnesota reports.

"It doesn’t strike me at first glance as a viable option," he said at a Capitol press conference.

"Governor Dayton is correct," Republican Rep. John Kriesel said on Twitter. "Sports themed tip-boards are not currently legal. My bill will make them legal, freeing up money for stadium."

Dayton said he was blindsided by the proposal, Capitol Chatter reports. "Unfortunately, my administration wasn’t included or even informed," he said.

Still, he said, House lawmakers are making progress by bringing forward a proposal and he still believes leaders could reach a deal after further discussion.

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