BASEBALL A SMOKIN' TOPIC IN MINNESOTA?
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).