Dayton eyeing new revenue source for Vikings stadium
May 8, 2013 — 3:17pm
Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday that state officials are working on a new source of money to pay the state’s share of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
Dayton would not reveal the source of money, but said the plan does not include the team paying a larger share of the new $975 million stadium to be built on the site of the Metrodome.
The governor said the proposal does not include a plan to impose a new tax on sports memorabilia.
State leaders had counted on additional revenue from new electronic pull-tabs and bingo games, but the money has already fallen so dramatically below projections that state leader are scrambling to find another source of revenue.
Dayton said state leaders would reveal the new revenue source soon. The state needs about $30 million a year to pay its share of the stadium.
Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, wrote a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday calling on him to halt an election that began Monday in which independent childcare providers are deciding whether to form a union.
Rep. John Kline, Republican serving his final year in Congress after 14 years, criticized the Obama Administration's handling of foreign military crises, elaborated on his recent presidential endorsement of Sen. Marco Rubio and visibly worried over the state of the Minnesota Republican Party and its chances of retaining his seat in the Republican fold.