Another hole opens in Vikings stadium funding plan

With six days left, Senate leaders call sports memorabilia tax a no-go.

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The state has a gap of $25 million to $30 million in its annual share of funding for the new Vikings stadium.

 

First, e-pulltabs virtually collapsed as a revenue source for the state’s share of the new Vikings stadium.

Now the sports memorabilia tax, once thought to be a fallback plan, may also be doomed.

With only six days left in the legislative session, Senate leaders on Tuesday declared the idea of taxing sports memorabilia nearly dead, because of the effect it might have on a single corporation: Target.

Senate Taxes Committee Chairman Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearwater, said Tuesday that because the tax would be levied at the wholesale level, it would have a disparate impact on Target, which warehouses the sports memorabilia for its more than 1,700 U.S. stores in Minnesota.

Target Corp. officials did not return calls seeking comment.

House Taxes Committee Chairwoman Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington, is prepared to fight hard for the memorabilia tax.

“It is a workable tax,” she said, and short of getting Vikings owners to cough up more, a reasonable option. “I think the memorabilia tax is the way to go and I’m going to convince them,” she said.

Split among DFLers

That opens the newest crack among a DFL House, DFL Senate and DFL governor who, despite having struck an overall deal Sunday, have yet to resolve a number of details, including a roughly $25 million to $30 million annual gap in the state’s share of stadium financing.

The uncertainty comes a week after Gov. Mark Dayton demanded a new solution to the disappointing revenue from electronic charitable gambling. At that time, he and other leaders hinted broadly that they might have a plan. But details have been absent since then.

“We’re hearing there’s this supersecret plan to fund the shortfall in the Vikings stadium. The governor hasn’t said what it is,” said Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, the ranking minority member on the Taxes Committee. “We don’t know what their plans are. It seems, six days out, they would have a better framework at least for the close of session here.”

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said he’s not worried. “I think they can find $25 million or whatever it takes” to fill in the gambling shortfall, he said.

Legislators are looking at a wide range of other solutions, including corporate taxes, income taxes or even cigarette taxes to help fund the stadium.

“It could be any one of those things,” Bakk said. “To the extent that we’re directing new money, it could be anything.”

Most of the taxes being looked at flow into the state’s general fund, which pays for education, health care, public safety and other basic needs. Tapping the general fund was considered a no-no by many legislators back when the stadium deal was struck.

“They’ve been telling us all along: ‘There’s not going to be any risk to the general fund.’ So now they’ve got to be creative,” Ortman said.

Bakk said their promise not the touch the state’s general coffers remains intact.

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