The House Commerce committee floated a whole handful of trial balloons for fixing the new gambling that’s an essential piece of the Vikings stadium funding. Today’s ideas ranged from tax relief to giving bonus machines to the best-performing locations in Minnesota. “We’re not looking to roll the charities, we’re not looking to roll the tribes, Read more

What’s old is new again in the stadium debate at the Minnesota State Capitol. A proposal to tax sports memorabilia might be headed back towards a stadium deal, thanks to the House Taxes Committee chairwoman, Rep. Ann Lenczewski, DFL-Bloomington. She’s proposing a tax on licensed sportswear and other goods, including trading cards, photographs, autographed merchandise Read more

Listen: MPR’s Tim Nelson reports on the proposed funding fix It’ll likely be months before the Dayton administration decides whether to turn to the backup plans built into the Vikings stadium bill last year. The options include a 10 percent suite tax at the new stadium and “games based on stadium or professional sports themes” Read more

The chief critic of the Vikings stadium financing plan, state Sen. Sean Nienow (R-Cambridge) says the state ought to wait for its stadium dessert until after the fiscal broccoli. Nienow says he’s introducing a measure to delay groundbreaking on the stadium until Minnesota’s finance commissioner can certify that the revenues from electronic pultabs and other Read more

DFL Governor Mark Dayton says the criticism about the less-than-expected gambling revenue needed to fund the state share of a new Vikings stadium is premature and politically motivated. Republican critics like state Sen. Sean Nienow (R-Cambridge) have called for an investigation into the miscalculation. But Dayton said an investigation would be a waste of taxpayer Read more