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.
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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.

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