Stadium bill gaining steam as Dayton, Republicans meet

The governor says he and Republicans will work together to shape a stadium bill. The Associated Press reports a stadium would likely be funded through gambling revenue.
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The stadium bill could be back on track. WCCO is reporting that Gov. Dayton met privately with GOP leaders Thursday morning. He says they're ready to work together to get a formal proposal on the table. A stadium would likely be funded through new gambling revenue. Dayton says he'll call a special session if the House and Senate can agree on a plan.

But GOP house leader Kurt Zellers tells WCCO's Pat Kessler that he still wants to hold off on a stadium bill until the regular session next year.

The news comes just a day after the governor scrapped plans to call a special session. Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley warned that putting a bill off until the regular session would leave the team operating without a lease and raise costs.

The governor and legislators on Wednesday announced there was not enough support to raise sales taxes without a public vote. Many stadium backers have said such a referendum would likely doom the stadium.

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