Minnesota's decision to legalize electronic pulltabs was based on revenue numbers provided by the gambling industry, and one state lawmakers wants to know why.
The gaming devices were supposed to cover the state's $343 million share of the cost for a new Vikings stadium. But e-pulltabs have pulled in only a fraction of the millions promised since the Republican-controlled Minnesota Legislature and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton agreed to legalize them last year.
"The Dayton administration provided these estimates and testified before your committee last year that the were solid estimates which could be trusted," Nienow wrote in a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, requesting an oversight hearing into the issue. "I never believed that and clearly I was wise to be so skeptical! At the time, I referred to the estimates as based on 'Fairies an FuFu Dust.' Sadly, it seems I was proven correct."
Dayton noted that e-pulltabs were a bipartisan experiment, with both sides acting "in good faith," and said it is too soon to declare the funding experiment a failure.
“We’re all in this together,” Dayton told reporters Tuesday. “We’re all responsible for its creation.” He said it is far too soon to panic about whether the electronic games will eventually cover the state’s share of the new stadium.
The Senate Finance Committee, now under Democratic control, has not yet responded to Nienow's request.
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
Thousands of refugees are navigating hurdles of a new life. And front-line workers in Minnesota, one of the country's resettlement hubs, are poised to take in 2,530 refugees, more than during any year in the past decade.