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Senate Passes Vikings Stadium Bill

By KBJR News 1

May 10, 2012 Updated May 10, 2012 at 6:03 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Minnesota Senate has passed the proposed Vikings Stadium bill and is now making its way to the governor’s desk.

After 5 hours of debate, the Senate passed the funding for the Vikings Stadium 36 - 30 and now awaits Governor Mark Dayton’s signature.
Once the stadium bill receives Governor Dayton’s signature, a new fixed-roof stadium will be built on the Metrodome site in Minneapolis, MN.

After passing the House early Thursday morning, the stadium bill was amended so that the Vikings would pay almost $50 million more than previously agreed. The new bill now has the team paying for $477 million, the state paying $348 million and the city of Minneapolis paying $150 million.

State funding will come from profits from charitable gaming taxes on electronic pull tabs and bingo, which will bring in about $59 million a year.

The Vikings Stadium has been one of Governor Dayton's top priorities for this legislative session and will most likely sign the stadium bill once it reaches his desk.

The stadium bill must also be approved by the Minneapolis City Council before construction can begin.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns


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