Vikings Stadium Bill Enters Final Stretch

By KBJR News 1

May 7, 2012 Updated May 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The fate of a Vikings Stadium deal is currently being debated on the house floor. The stadium has become the signature issue of this year's legislative session.

Going into today's historic vote, lawmakers and lobbyists have been saying it's too close to call. But there have been signs of movement in favor of the nearly $1 billion dollar stadium bill.

At Minnesota's Capitol today, Vikings fans decked out from head to toe in purple and gold – joined labor and iron workers in calling for lawmakers to 'build it'.

The group surrounded the Capitol Rotunda...holding signs asking for jobs – NOW.

Supporters say they have been calling their lawmakers, urging them to vote yes for a new stadium.

Governor Mark Dayton is in their corner, helping push for a stadium to replace the Metrodome.

"Minnesota is a "can do state." We've been successful because we say yes we're going to move ahead, yes we're going to create more jobs, yes we're going to do the things we need to do to remain vital and strong and yes we're going to keep the Minnesota Vikings here in Minnesota for another generation."

The debate Monday is focused heavily on how to pay for the stadium. The bill would expand gambling to pay for the state's portion. Including state–run electronic pull tabs.

Some lawmakers questioned whether relying on gambling is a fiscally responsible way to pay for the stadium. Others said they'd like to implement user fees as a way to fund the stadium.

Meanwhile the house did pass a $496 million dollar bonding bill Monday that'll fund various projects across the state and is expected to create thousands of construction jobs.

We'll have the latest on the stadium debate here on our website and tonight on our newscasts.