Plans for the Minnesota Vikings new downtown stadium are moving along, and the bill is scheduled to be heard for the first time in front of Senate on Wednesday. Additionally, the bill may be heard by the House as soon as Friday.
Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska is optimistic the bill could be heard Friday, and amongst the issues of importance to address is the fallback plan of the state general fund providing the funds for the state's portion of the stadium project if the tax revenue from electronic pull-games is not sufficient.
Beyond that, the House members want to ensure that the charities that rely on the gaming revenue will not be harmed by the current plan, and that the city council will be in favor of the proposed package.
King Wilson, the executive director of Allied Charities of Minnesota (which represents charitable gaming interests) has indicated that the $10 million of proposed tax relief from the $72 million expected to be generated from the electronic forms of gaming is not enough. He'll meet with bill sponsor Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont on Wednesday morning.