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Minnesota Lawmakers Evaluating Three Possible Funding Options For Vikings Stadium
Published November 4, 2011
BUSY IN THE HILLS: In St. Paul, Frederick Melo notes Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett and others determined to bring the Vikings to Arden Hills “remain busy behind the scenes lobbying lawmakers and leading daily tours in hopes of keeping the project alive.” They said that the idea of a $1.1B stadium development going up on the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site “will not be derailed after state leaders this week said local sales taxes are an unlikely funding option.” The Arden Hills site proposal “relied heavily on such a tax” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 11/4). In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman writes with all the “talk about referendums, why not have the citizens of the state vote on whether to expand state-owned gambling to include racinos?” Hartman: “It is a cinch to pass, and you would not only raise enough money for the stadium, but there would be money left over to improve funds for schools, roads, etc” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/4).