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Opponents of stadium tax plan petition

The Ramsey County Charter Commission nixed a proposal to let county residents vote on a proposed sales tax increase that would help pay for a new Vikings stadium. Now a group opposed to the tax say they'll start a petition.
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The Ramsey County Charter Commission late Tuesday night nixed a proposal that would have let county residents vote on a sales tax increase to help build a Vikings stadium.

Now a group opposed to the tax is starting a petition drive. The group tells MinnPost they'll start gathering signatures as soon as Thursday.

The Met Council on Wednesday released a report saying the county and the team have underestimated how long it would take to build the stadium -- and how much it could cost. MPR takes a closer look.

But Gov. Dayton says he's still committed to resolving the stadium issue and keeping the team in Minnesota. MinnPost says Dayton will speak with team officials and political leaders in the next few days to figure out the best way to proceed.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf tells the Associated Press there's nothing in the report that would prevent them from building a new stadium. He says he hasn't closed the door on the idea of the Vikings paying more than the $407 million they've already pledged.

And Tim Pawlenty says he doesn't think the stadium will end up in Arden Hills, the Pioneer Press reports. He says he thinks more options will emerge "as this unfolds."

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