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Continued: Dayton says gambling regulators failed to make data sources clear

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 25, 2013 - 8:22 PM

“Everybody was suspicious of the numbers,” said Koch, R-Buffalo. “Everybody went, ‘Huh, how could that be? How could they be that high?’ ”

As part of the stadium legislation, the state created several backstops in the event that electronic gambling revenues fell short. One option calls for an additional 10 percent tax on suite sales in the new stadium, a scenario Vikings officials are trying to avoid.

Dayton and gambling officials say they are not ready to give up on electronic gambling.

Barrett said the plan should be given additional time. The top 10 electronic pulltab sites now up and running, he said, “are doing very well and greatly exceeding the estimates,” with more sites coming online daily.

Lund said the rollout might have been extremely sluggish, but the model could prove correct.

“What we would like to see is for everyone to take a deep breath,” Lund said. “Let’s just let it play out and see what the charities can do before any radical changes are contemplated or put into effect.”

 

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