Dayton working on new Vikings stadium funding plan

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 9, 2013 - 6:11 AM

Dayton, legislative leaders target tax loopholes but not new casinos.

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lakevilleguyMay. 8, 1310:36 PM

More smoke and mirrors. "Closing loopholes" just means raising taxes on someone, which goes directly against the promises made when this fiasco was passed. And really, there's no way they can prove that the additional revenue was actually raised, so ultimately they can claim it as a fix but it just ends up coming from the general fund. This stadium deal is the biggest fraud ever pulled on the taxpayers of this state.

RossbergMay. 8, 1310:49 PM

The April epulltab results have been released and they show the worst results to date. Even the most ardent believers of epulltabs have to admit that there is no way they will ever amount to anything more than a small-time novelty. It was "leaked" on KSTP tonight that they just plan on taking the needed money to cover the shortfall from the General Fund. I'm skeptical that they'd try something that brazen since it would seem to be political suicide for anyone to recommend doing that after years of assurances that the taxpayers won't get stuck with the bill for the stadium. I'm sure they'll try to come up with some diversionary maneuver to shuffle money around just like they did in Minneapolis to avoid the referendum. All we know for sure is that Gov. Dayton made a point of saying that the Vikings wouldn't have to pay any more but he refused to say the same about the taxpayers. Obviously, there are no clever ways to create $35 million a year in "new" or "free" money. If it were possible then why not use it to pay down the deficit rather than increasing taxes?

sharkysharkMay. 8, 1311:01 PM

If it doesn't include Zygi reaching into his own pocket, the people of Minnesota aren't interested.

mqusic1May. 8, 1311:44 PM

It is completely mindboggling that the Governor will not even consider allowing the nearly 500,000 Minnesota poker players to help pay for the Vikings stadium through online poker revenues. This would not be an expansion of gambling because online poker was played in MN for over a decade before it was shut down by the DOJ, who later admitted that they had made a mistake. Not only would the Governor be creating a new revenue stream for MN, but he would be helping to create hundreds of new jobs that range from customer service to high tech computer including cyber security. Three states have passed legislation this year, Nevada has launched their legal online poker last week, with Delaware and New Jersey launching later this year. I really think that the Governor and legislature should add online poker to help pay for the Viking stadium and then some!

rshacklefordMay. 9, 13 2:28 AM

(article quote): "Gov. Mark Dayton is considering closing some tax loopholes to help pay the state’s share of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium." ---- That is his big idea?! The idea is a total non-starter! Does he know who exploits these tax loopholes and are now calling their favorite elected official to discuss a possibly smaller contribution to the politician's next campaign?! The Taxes and the Finance committees really need to convince Dayton to promise the Minnesota taxpayers that he will halt the project until the New Jersey based team, the NFL, and the ticket buyers pay for their 10-day-a-year playpen. Those deep-pocketed sources could easily complete the funding of their unnecessary stadium. Otherwise, Wilf can choose to accept the current dome or choose to pay the UofM a lot of money year after year. They ain't goin' anywhere.

sammy5542612May. 9, 13 5:48 AM

He needs to station the MN highway patrol at the boarders on MN highways to catch the snow bird tax cheats who are arriving back in Minnesota for the summer. These tax cheats are cheating the rest of us because they are not paying their fair share. We need compliance with our tax system, so we can have programs and services for the workers, and renter's tax credits. The rich will need to leave the money, and take the cannoli, for social justice!

A440May. 9, 13 6:12 AM

Dayton and the DFL decoded: If you exhale, you must speak of taking in more taxes.

fishanhunt2May. 9, 13 7:13 AM

"Dayton said it is important for investors and for the integrity of the project to ensure that funding sources are reliable and stable. The governor said he remains convinced electronic pulltab and bingo revenue will improve, but he does not want doubts lingering." -------------------------------Really? Sorry if I have my doubts. Just call me? LAUGHING OUT LOUD!

dvsdan123May. 9, 13 7:31 AM

Recall proceedings should begin immediately. This is nothing more than a Ponzi scheme with the promise of more money replacing money that isn't there.

EleanoreMay. 9, 13 7:42 AM

It better focus soley on taxing and feeing everything that takes place at the stadium. Any general sort of tax levied on Minnesotans would be a criminal attack.


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