Vikings stadium bill moves closer to full House and Senate

The House Ways and Means Committee advanced the $975 million stadium proposal without recommendation Monday night. A Senate committee is expected to hear a similar bill Tuesday. It could come up for a vote on the floor in both chambers by Friday.
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The House Ways and Means Committee advanced the $975 million stadium proposal without recommendation Monday night. A Senate committee is expected to hear a similar bill Tuesday. It could come up for a vote on the floor in both chambers by Friday.

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