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Lawmakers Float Racino Bill To Help Fund Stadium

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota lawmakers have introduced a bill to authorize casino-style gambling at the Canterbury Park horse-racing track and use tax proceeds to help pay for a new Vikings stadium.

The Vikings’ plan for a $1.1 billion stadium in Arden Hills is currently $131 million short of the needed construction funds under a plan that would split costs between the team, Ramsey County and the state. Minnesota Public Radio reports that Sen. Dan Sparks and Rep. Tom Hackbarth say that could come from the so-called “racino” proposal.

But the chief House sponsor of the stadium bill says he’s not convinced it’s a good idea to link gambling to the Vikings stadium.

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