Minn. lawmakers to scrutinize lagging gambling revenue for Vikings stadium construction

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 16, 2013 - 5:47 AM
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dnight11Jan. 16, 13 6:35 AM

I have never liked pull tabs and sure wouldn't go out of my way to find them in any format. Put slots in those bars then you will see a change of heart and cash flow.

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yardboyJan. 16, 13 6:55 AM

Great, more wasted time by our legislators looking for additional revenues to fund a corporate welfare program. How about the Wilf family paying for the shortfalls in revenue?

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pitythefoolsJan. 16, 13 7:36 AM

It was posted right here in the Strib forums every time they published an article pushing for a new stadium that gambling WOULD NOT provide enough revenue. MN is already saturated with gambling. Law of supply and demand, adding more gambling to a saturated market will NOT increase demand! Now golly gee, gambling revenue is falling short.

There's still enough time to pull the plug on this turkey, before the bill gets handed to the people we knew all along it would get handed to - the taxpayers.

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fdrebinJan. 16, 13 7:39 AM

Any legislator that voted for this boondoggle should have the shortfall taken from their salary. Perhaps then they could learn responsibility. If I make a stupid spending decision I have to pay for it, so why don't they?

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Lonnie42545Jan. 16, 13 8:01 AM

I wonder if it ever occurred to these legislator geniuses that more gambling sites do not necessarily translate to increased demand. Could it possibly be that given the near 25% "real" unemployment rate and the abysmal Obama economy might have something to do with sagging gambling revenue?

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palsarJan. 16, 13 8:02 AM

"There's still enough time to pull the plug on this turkey, before the bill gets handed to the people we knew all along it would get handed to - the taxpayers." -- You can thank Dayton, RT, and most of the DFL'ers that demanded this bill get brought up. Most people said there was no way pulltabs would pay for this.

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louieaJan. 16, 13 8:37 AM

Everyone involved in stuffing this expense down the taxpayers' collective throats new full well the funding plan wouldn't work. That specifically includes Dayton, Rybak, the Mpls City Council, Rosen, Lanning, Bakk, Mondale, and plenty of others. It doesn't even take 20/20 hindsight to know that the only person who was honest about this fiasco was Zygi himself who unabashedly said he wanted "an extra $41 million a year in profits." Our politicians sold us out, it's that plain and simple. The real cherry on the parfait is the fact that the voters reelected 94% of the politicians who stuck it to them. You got what you deserved; now pay up.

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FanofStanTheManJan. 16, 13 8:40 AM

i guess I don't get out enough. I have not run across any place that Viking related tabs are available in St. Cloud. I agree with earlier respondee, I probably will not go looking for them, but I would play them over others.

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medvezhonokJan. 16, 13 8:42 AM

I have been to some bars in Minneapolis and none of them have electronic pull tabs. I would play if they were in the establishnebt I go to. I won't just go to a bar to play pull tabs.

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gwbuddyJan. 16, 13 8:44 AM

I have an idea! If there are "Insufficient" revenues from the gambling joints, then just "Require" the Wilf's to "Lend" us the "Balance Due" on the new Stadium. They can then build that Stadium with additional gambling machines built into each: Seat, Suite, Doorway, etc. That way, the Minnesota Vikings fans -- those who can "Afford" to attend the games -- can gamble during the Vikings games. Raise additional revenue to pay for the Stadium. Unfortunately, I probably won't be able to "Afford" to join the gaming crowds at the Vikings games. Darn! I sure do hope that our trusty lawmakers consider my great idea, though.

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