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Minnesota Governor Targeting Tax On Smokers To Help Close Vikings Stadium Funding Gap
Published May 17, 2013
PLANNING AHEAD: Frans said that the new revenue Dayton is proposing "already was in the budget plans of the House, the Senate and Dayton himself." In St. Paul, Doug Belden notes the new part is the "revenue would be directed toward stadium construction." Frans said that "because it's all 'new money,'" it "doesn't violate the governor's pledge that general fund money would not be used to pay for the stadium." Dayton "raised his proposed cigarette tax Thursday to $2.52 per pack." Frans said that this would "yield a stocking fee of about $24.5 million." Frans added that the $24.5M would be "used to eliminate" an estimated $12M deficit "in the stadium reserve the next two years and be available for future needs" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 5/17).