VIkes Stadium Deal To Have Hearing Tonight, Positive Developments Being Reported

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 7:22 am

The move to land the Minnesota Vikings a new stadium may have just received the boost it needed. The bill to rebuild a new stadium at the current Metrodome site has already been agreed upon by both the team and the city of Minneapolis, but charities were holding up out of a fear they’d lose money due to losing out on the gambling monies that would be used to fund a portion of the stadium.

The Alliance of Minnesota Charities thought the state using 400-million dollars of electronic pull tabs to pay its share of the Vikings new stadium would take money away from non-profits like the Lions Clubs and youth sports. But, backers of the stadium bill at the Capitol have come up with a solution. These charities 36-million dollars in tax breaks and allow them to use tip board gambling as well. TIp boards are random number board games used primarily on sporting events.

This compromise will allow the bill to move forward Monday night in the House. The Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on it and will likely take the first vote on the Vikings stadium bill tonight.

It was introduced several weeks ago in the Senate, but the committee did not vote on it after charitable gaming groups raised concerns.Charitable groups are now comfortable with the bill for the Vikings Stadium.

The state needs to kick in nearly $400,000,000 and lawmakers want to use electronic pull tabs to pay that amount.

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