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BASEBALL A SMOKIN' TOPIC IN MINNESOTA?
Published January 14, 1997
MN Gov. Arne Carlson "is expected" to propose a dime increase in the cigarette tax to help pay for a new $354M Twins stadium, according to Robert Whereatt in the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Carlson's staff refused comment, but said the Governor would announce a funding source Thursday in his "State of the State" message to the state Legislature. The state now collects 48 cents per cigarette pack, bringing in about $177M a year. Another dime would generate about $33M more a year, according to the MN Revenue Dept (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/14). ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Twins began their 36th annual Winter Caravan, a three week trip to "drum up interest in the team all over Minnesota and in neighboring states," according to John Millea in the STAR TRIBUNE. This year's Caravan will also "sell Minnesotans on the importance of building a new stadium" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/14).