The Minnesota Vikings stadium bill finally gets its first hearing in the Senate today and may be heard in the House as soon as Friday.
The hearing in the Senate Local Government and Elections committee begins at 1 p.m. in Room 15 at the Capitol. The vote will take place no later than 2:40 p.m., according to the schedule.
As for the House, "I'm reasonably optimistic" the Commerce and Regulatory Reform committee could hear the bill Friday, said chair Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska.
Hoppe said members have concerns about the state general fund being the fallback if the first option – tax revenue from electronic pull-tab games – doesn't generate enough for the state's portion of the stadium project.
They also want to make sure the charities that rely on the gaming revenue aren't harmed and that the city council in Minneapolis will support the package, Hoppe said.
King Wilson, executive director of Allied Charities of Minnesota, which represents charitable gaming interests, met with Gov. Mark Dayton and members of his staff Monday, with Revenue Department officials Tuesday and was to meet Wednesday morning with bill sponsor Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont.
Dayton is proposing the charities get $10 million in tax relief from the estimated $72 million per year that the new electronic forms of gaming are expected to yield for the state. Wilson has said that's not enough.
The stadium proposal calls for a 65,000-seat stadium on the site of the Metrodome, the team's current home.
Minneapolis, with taxes that otherwise go to its convention center, would chip in $150 million; the Vikings would pay $427 million; and the state would add $398 million.
Stadium bill progressing, with concerns
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