Thursday, November 3, 2011

Not Yet the Los Angeles Vikings...


The push for Vikings stadium funding at the Minnesota Capitol was regaining momentum Thursday, less than 24 hours after it appeared to fall apart for the year.

Gov. Mark Dayton met Thursday morning with lawmakers who support a state stadium subsidy. The lawmakers say they plan to introduce a detailed proposal soon and air it in public hearings.

Stadium backer Sen. Julie Rosen said she still wants to settle the issue before the regular legislative session starts in late January. Her fellow chief stadium sponsor, Rep. Morrie Lanning, said it’s likely the chief source of state funds will be tax revenue from expanded gambling.

“What’s the saying? Reports of the demise of the Vikings stadium are greatly exaggerated,” said Lanning, a Republican from Moorhead.

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