House committee to take up stadium bill, but lawmakers skeptical it'll pass

State lawmakers are not exactly sanguine about the prospects for a new Vikings stadium. One House DFLer doubts Republicans will agree to raise the state money called for in the stadium package. A Republican Senator says he sees no momentum for a stadium now "but it tends to change on a daily basis."
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State lawmakers are not exactly sanguine about the prospects for a new Vikings stadium. One House DFLer doubts Republicans will agree to raise the state money called for in the stadium package. A Republican Senator says he sees no momentum for a stadium now "but it tends to change on a daily basis."

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