VIKINGS STADIUM: Secret backup funding source

VIKINGS STADIUM: Secret backup funding source

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday said he's looking at a secure funding source for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The secret plan does not make the Vikings or the general public pay more, but no other details were available.

Dayton said the possible backup funding source is "something you've never imagined," but specified it's definitely not a sports memorabilia tax.

Many Minnesotans were excited when the Legislature finally approved funding for a new Vikings stadium, but with funding from electronic pull tabs performing far behind projected revenues, many are wondering who will pick up the tab.

The daily sales per machine in March was just $87. The state made its revenue estimates based on sales of $225 per day per machine.

Republican Sen. Sean Nienow, who represents Anoka and Isanti counties in the north metro, introduced a bill in April that would freeze the state's portion of the funding until a more stable revenue source can be found and certified.


The Star Tribune reported last month that the White Earth Nation in northern Minnesota is offering enough money to cover the state's entire $400 million contribution if it is allowed to build a new casino in the metro.

Tribal chairwoman Erma Vizenor told the newspaper the White Earth offer is "the only solution that meets the test of fairness, common sense and no new taxes, guaranteed."


Dayton also gave his two cents Wednesday on the release of Vikings punter Chris Kluwe. The governor thinks Kluwe should have been given the opportunity to compete for his punting job and says the Vikings were not transparent in his release.

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