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Minn. Stadium Backers Push Vikings On Road Costs

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers say they can’t move forward with legislation for a new Vikings stadium without resolving issues with the team.

A letter Friday to the team’s owners says legislation for a new stadium in Arden Hills won’t advance until the team shows how $131 million in road costs will be covered without increasing the state’s $300 million contribution.

The state leaders also say they need see a “proper partnership” spelled out between the state and the team.

Dayton and the stadium bill sponsors, Sen. Julie Rosen and Rep. Morrie Lanning, repeated their position that the state contribution to a new stadium won’t exceed $300 million, including transportation improvements.

Unfinished budget business has put the stadium on hold, but the issue could come up in a special session.

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