Dayton says gambling regulators failed to make data sources clear

  • Article by: Baird Helgeson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 25, 2013 - 8:22 PM

His administration says transparency was lacking in projections of e-pulltab revenues.

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dflleftMar. 25, 13 8:36 PM

HMMMM, SO Dayton is in charge, pushed for the new stadium, and he and his top people look everything over and sign off on it and now this. Now I understand why Time Magazine said he was the worst Senator in the entire US. ...why not raise the "snowbird" by another 2 or 3 times to cover the stadium, that would make good sense Mark.

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wingophersMar. 25, 13 8:38 PM

It is obvious that the Governors staff was bent toward the "e pull tabs" once Tom Barrett gave them the numbers. Nobody stopped and thought "hey no other state has ever done this" are these numbers reliable? Governor Dayton should ask the question why his staff did not question the projection of "e pull tab" revenue. Heads should roll at the Gambling Control Board and on the Governors staff. This is not the Vikings problem it is the State of Minnesota's problem. It needs to be fixed. Marketing the new product seems to be missing.

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bluedevil101Mar. 25, 13 8:51 PM

Take a deep breath? Who's he kidding? Why has Dayton not faced the media in a press conference? Why has the Minnesota House and Senate leadership not demanded an inquiry into this deal? Who is covering up for who? Why has there been no apology to the citizens of the State over this? My state representative, John Benson and my state senator, Terri Bonoff have not replied to any questions via email regarding this matter. Why not?

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acctsah2Mar. 25, 13 8:53 PM

You are talking about throwing close to a billion dollars (when it's all said and done) of taxpayer money down a hole and now everyone is throwing their hands up saying I didn't know, I didn't know..........and yet this debacle will go on and on won't it.......

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acctsah2Mar. 25, 13 9:07 PM

I would like to hear from the purple face painted among us. The ones that loved to say geter done, followed by SKOL. Where are you now? You kept saying over and over this wouldn't cost us a dime, nothing to worry about, quit complaining, etabs will cover everything. Well......... what now? Please enlighten us with your vast wisdom.

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summerguy3Mar. 25, 13 9:22 PM

What about requesting that the Legislative Auditor investigate this process for fiscal soundness? They are capable of doing this work, or at least were when I worked as a program finance manager at a State Agency. Come on, folks, lets get our best people on this issue, not parties with financial stakes in the outcome. Time is not on your side and ineptitude is not welcome.

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erikj3Mar. 25, 13 9:27 PM

Wow talk about egg on your face. Has anyone lost their job over this yet? You know that if the average worker whiffed this bad, they'd be fired immediately.

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savagedruidsMar. 25, 13 9:28 PM

The buck stops here? Someones head going to roll? Then again who would have thought that pull tabs wouldn't pull in $35M a year? It was a scam from the word go and the taxpayers lose, as usual. Without Dayton none of this would have been possible.

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moremoretaxMar. 25, 13 9:37 PM

“There should have been more transparency in this part of the process,” said Katharine Tinucci, a Dayton spokeswoman. The governor, she said, “was not aware of the particulars of where the information was coming from.”---------------------------------------------So to be clear, Dayton and his peers didnt scrutinize and didnt understand the figures and instead of asking for clarity or more data, they simply went ahead with this deal...........This admission in it of itself should be more than enough to require these people to be removed from office. This is simply unbelievable and totally unacceptable, And the fact that they are not taking any responsibility if offensive.

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moremoretaxMar. 25, 13 9:51 PM

I remember years ago when Daytons family gave him a huge trust fund to stay out of the family business and I thought WOW, thats a lot of dough, but they proved me wrong because had this clown got involved, he would have bankrupt their dynasty. Someone in that family was smart.......

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