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Senator: E-Pull Tabs Could Fund Vikings Stadium

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A key lawmaker said electronic pul ltabs are “gaining steam” as the preferred funding source for a new Vikings stadium.

State Sen. Julie Rosen, said e-pull tabs are emerging as a favorite among proposed funding sources.

“We’ve had many meetings with the [State] Gambling Board and the commissioners from Revenue and Finance and everybody seems to be very comfortable with the figures. So I think — in a bipartisan way — we can move with that funding for a financing option,” said the Republican senator from Fairmont, Minn.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

It’s estimated that e-pull tabs could generate an additional $60 million a year in charitable gambling taxes.

Rosen is part of a stadium working group that met for six hours Wednesday night. There’s still no agreement however, and Rosen said it’s unlikely they’ll have a plan in place by the time the legislature opens its 2012 session next Tuesday.

A parcel of land near the Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis is getting a lot of attention as the site.

The pastor, Rev. John Bauer, has expressed concerns about traffic, construction and other issues and Governor Dayton has indicated he’ll speak with the priest on Friday.

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