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Dayton, Goodell have 'sobering conversation'
One possible backup plan emerged in a bill that's supposed to be up for review in the House Taxes Committee on Thursday. It would authorize Minnesota charities that operate games of chance in bars to offer electronic versions of some games, with tax profits earmarked to fund the stadium. The charities bill could be a vehicle for attaching the larger Minneapolis stadium bill and giving it new life, although its chief sponsor says he doesn't favor that approach.
Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said he realizes his bill could be a magnet for stadium supporters. While he backs a subsidized Vikings stadium himself, Kriesel said he wants to keep his proposal focused on delivering tax relief to charities who run the bar games.
"I don't want the Vikings stadium added to it," Kriesel said. "I won't support it."
Meanwhile, stadium supporter Gov. Mark Dayton spoke by phone Wednesday night with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the stalled stadium plan. Spokesman Bob Hume said afterward that Dayton described it as a "sobering conversation," with Goodell stressing the urgency not just for the Vikings but the entire league if the Legislature fails to pass a stadium plan this year.
Also Wednesday, supporters of the discarded plan to build the stadium in suburban Ramsey County instead of downtown Minneapolis revived their argument that the Arden Hills site would preferable. They unveiled a retooled proposal that would include a 2 percent food-and-beverage tax in suburban Ramsey County to pay for upgrading roads around the proposed stadium site.
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