Minnesota's dismal e-pulltab sales kick off political blame game

  • Article by: Jennifer Brooks , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 28, 2013 - 10:46 PM

Critics of Minnesota’s use of gambling industry numbers as a basis for revenue projections want a hearing by Senate Finance Committee.

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sharkysharkMar. 28, 1310:45 PM

Suggesting that "everyone acted in good faith" is a complete lie. The taxpayers were denied their legal right to vote on this through back room shenanigans that Governor Dayton was party to. A lot of us knew that we were being played and tried to warn that this would turn out bad. The Metrodome is still there with it's new roof and playing surface. The responsible thing for the Governor to do is to call for repeal of the financing for the new stadium.

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RossbergMar. 28, 1311:10 PM

They can investigate all they want but that's not going to put $35 million in the coffers. With a projection now of less than $2 million in income there is no way that epulltabs can make up another $33 million this year and stay on that pace for another 29 years. Putting off addressing this crisis is simply an admission that there is no viable Plan B and nobody wants to deal with it now. The backup lottery game would only provide about $2 million anyway so that's not worth discussing and you can't impose a tax on suites in a stadium that hasn't been built yet. What should be done is just admit this won't work and halt the stadium project until there is a plan in place which will work. If Gov. Dayton believes that we are all in this together then Mr. Wilf should be considered part of the group and should join us in arriving at a solution since he's the only one who will ever financially benefit from a new stadium.

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jhb8426Mar. 28, 1311:22 PM

Face it - Everyone involved in promoting this whole stadium fiasco shares in the blame for this. There was collusion all around to get this deal done at any cost.

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gadflyMar. 29, 13 1:05 AM

Actually, this is a good thing, 'cuz if gambling revenues aren't enough to cover the state's share, then the next steps are a sports-themed lottery and a tax on the stadium suites, which means that the state's share will be paid by voluntary contributions from sports fans and from people who are actually attending an event at the facility. Seems fair to me.

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erikj3Mar. 29, 13 1:09 AM

It's time to cancel this thing while we still can. The Dome is still standing and it's quite apparent that the state can't afford to pay it's share of this boondoggle, at least not without going to the beleaguered taxpayers. And why should we have to pay for a stadium for a billionaire who doesn't even live here?

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mnpikeyMar. 29, 13 1:31 AM

Seems like a positive thing that they are getting less revenue than expected from this form of gambling, right? Same thing applies to the cigarette tax I'd day. It would be a good day, not problematic, if the state were to take in zero dollars from cigarettes. That would mean everyone has quit smoking!

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aladdinsaneMar. 29, 13 1:41 AM

The sad thing is, none of this is news. Everybody with an IQ north of 60 knew the funding mechanisms would prove woefully inadequate, on top of the fact that Wilf will likely pay little-to-nothing out of pocket but yield all the benefits. That's why in poll after poll 70% of the public opposed the stadium. He was a lousy governor, but one thing I've always credited to Pawlenty was that you could only justify a stadium on "quality of life" issues; economically it's a boondoggle. Then Dayton came in and started blowing smoke up everybody's posteriors.

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twinsguy14Mar. 29, 13 5:05 AM

Three years from now when this is bringing in money on freight trains, none of you will be commenting anymore. You all complained about Target Field too and it has been more then successful for the county and state. It turned an eyesore, non productive parking lot and money pit of an area of Mpls and turned it into a vibrant windfall just as the Metrodome did 30 years ago. Where are all you people who were talking doom and gloom for the city and Target Field then? Probably at a dump bar somewhere in Northeast having a few beers with the ones who didn't want to tear out all the filth in e-block and load it with Target Center and a load of successful restaurants. All I can say to them is drink away. Thanks! All that tax money is going to pay for a nice stadium that brings in three million people a year to a starving city. You sit there and try and solve all the problems from your bar stool. The rest of us will be over here trying to make the city of Minneapolis a better place.

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twinsguy14Mar. 29, 13 5:12 AM

[...since he's the only one who will ever financially benefit from a new stadium.] Hey Rossberg, got any numbers to back up any of that statement? Didn't think so. That's why you didn't add any. How about I help you. The Metrodome saw over 57 million people so far walk through its turnstiles. No money for the city right. Target Field is not only a cash cow for the city and the county and the state but is way ahead of paying off its dept. As much as ten years ahead of time. Not to mention turning a blight into a productive part of our city. The history is there and will continue here. The odds of failure as you would love, is stacked about eight floors above you!!!

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localguyMar. 29, 13 5:29 AM

There is no contract with the Vikings. This was all done by legislation. Now that it's obvious that the funding plan has failed, the legislation should be repealed. The Vikings can have their new stadium if a viable plan can be developed. And it should be done NOW, before any more money is wasted on planning. It's obvious that the ePulltabs have failed. It does require a debate.

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