Stadium in limbo but funding source forges ahead at Capitol

The House Taxes Committee will consider whether to authorize electronic pull tabs and bingo. Many supporters of a new Vikings stadium see taxes on those games as the best way to raise state money for a stadium. Meanwhile, the stadium bill's rejection by a House committee has revived talk of other potential sites and of a special session.
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The House Taxes Committee will consider whether to authorize electronic pull tabs and bingo. Many supporters of a new Vikings stadium see taxes on those games as the best way to raise state money for a stadium. Meanwhile, the stadium bill's rejection by a House committee has revived talk of other potential sites and of a special session.

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