While the Vikings, Minneapolis, and the Dayton administration are in negotiations to come up with a stadium plan, state lawmakers have floated a series of long-shot proposals of their own. The latest is a revival of the "racino" idea, which would use revenue from slot machines at horse racing tracks to help fund a new stadium. Gambling opponents and tribal casinos have helped defeat the proposal in the past.
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Senate panel approves stadium bill after adding racino
A funny thing happened to the stadium bill on its way to the Senate floor. A racino was added. Stadium backers worry inclusion of casino gambling at racetracks as a funding source will kill the bill. One more committee will take up the measure Thursday and may try to remove the racino.
Racino supporters up the ante, pledge $23M more towards Vikings stadium
The Minnesota State Lottery says that slot machines at horse racing tracks Canterbury Park and Running Aces will raise enough annual revenue to build a Vikings stadium with money left for education.
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Opponents of Racino plans say expansions to non-Indian gaming for funding a Vikings stadium would cut casino jobs by 30 percent.
Racino bill gets hearing at Capitol on Monday
The bill would allow the state's horse-racing tracks to add slot machines and other casino games. The bill's author, Republican Dave Senjem, says an estimated $130 million in annual revenue would go toward job creation and economic development, though he did leave open the possibility of tapping it for a Vikings stadium.
Dayton: Racino wouldn't be fast cash
Gov. Dayton says even if lawmakers choose to fund a new Vikings stadium through a racino, the plan would likely get gummed up in the court system for years. He says any plan to expand gambling at the racetracks would probably bring a lawsuit from the state's tribes, which have a long-standing deal that grants them a monopoly on gambling.
Ramsey County still kicking in fight to land Vikings stadium
As proposals for a new Vikings stadium land on the governor's desk, Minneapolis seems to have momentum and Shakopee is a late entry. But Ramsey County still believes it has the right combination to win the stadium site derby.
KSTP poll: Less than third of Minnesotans support building new stadium
Thirty-six percent of respondents to a KSTP survey say the Minnesota Vikings should renovate the current Metrodome, and 29 percent say they should stay there -- with no renovation. Only 28 percent said the team should build a new stadium. The news station also says about half of Minnesotans support expanding gambling to fund a new stadium.
Vikings stadium hearings at Capitol set for next week
The first hearing will be held next Tuesday at the state Capitol. The topic is possible locations for the stadium, with proposals to build in both Arden Hills and several potential sites in Minneapolis. The second hearing will focus on proposals of how the state should pay its cost of the $1 billion stadium.
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