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GOP Minn. Senator Says No To Vikings Stadium

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican senator from the Twin Cities area says he’s against the state helping pay for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Sen. Dave Thompson of Lakeville released a statement Wednesday saying he finds it “inconceivable that we would fund a stadium to help multi-million dollar athletes pay their mortgages while many middle class Minnesotans are struggling to pay theirs.”

Several of Thompson’s fellow Republicans introduced bills earlier this week that propose a state stadium share of up to $300 million in part from sales taxes on sports memorabilia, luxury seats, and digital video recorders.

Thompson was elected to the Senate last fall and holds the position of assistant majority leader.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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