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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A plan to install electronic bingo and pull-tab machines in bars and restaurants is a popular suggestion when it comes to how the state could raise the money for a new Vikings stadium. But at least one expert says it would be a big gamble. The only revenue estimates we have are based on current sales, and no one can guess how customers will react to the new games.
Pitch for new Saints stadium gets warm reception at Capitol hearing
St. Paul's mayor and other advocates for a minor league ballpark on the edge of downtown got through to a committee chairman at the Capitol. They had Rep. Larry Howes reminiscing about his own ballplaying days and contrasting this stadium effort with the one the Vikings are pushing.
Vikings stadium proposal questioned about referendum, funding sources
The Vikings stadium proposal faced more scrutiny in front of a 15 member House panel Monday night. Officials from the Vikings were questioned about their plan to bypass a Minneapolis voter referendum and sports-themed tip boards that would help fund the stadium.
Minnesota charities concerned with pull-tabs funding Vikings stadium
More than 1,200 nonprofit groups generated about $80 million from paper pull-tab games in 2009. The Pioneer Press reports the state Department of Revenue predicts electronic pull-tabs would produce $72 million in new tax money. Charities are told they'll benefit from a significant tax relief, but the amount remains uncertain because it's still unclear how much of that $72 million will be needed to help finance a new NFL stadium in Minnesota.
Tax panel chair doubts lawmakers would agree to stadium tax
Republican Greg Davids of Preston thinks the House Taxes Committee would reject any state tax increase to fund a new Vikings stadium. Davids says -- while the Vikings are important to the state -- voters don't want any tax raised.
Electronic pull tabs are Dayton's favorite stadium funding idea so far
Plenty of options are out there for how to pay for a new Vikings stadium. The governor says his preference - so far, at least - is for electronic pull tabs. As for where to put a stadium, Dayton says he has no opinion yet.
Dayton 'pessimistic', looks to next year for stadium bill
Governor Mark Dayton says he's disappointed a House committee rejected the latest best hope for a Vikings stadium deal at the Legislature. He says if things don't work out, he's already looking to the 2013 session.
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