The debate over how to fund a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings has always divided legislative caucuses on both sides of the aisle. Last year DFLers from Minneapolis pushed back on a proposal that suggested extending local taxes from the Convention Center to help pay for the project, even as Democrats like former Senate Taxes Chairman Tom Bakk led the charge for the team's new home.
Just 28 percent of Minnesota residents support spending public dollars to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey. A strong majority, 61 percent, oppose building a stadium with taxpayer dollars.
Republican state Rep. Tom Hackbarth proposes to expand gambling in Minnesota almost every year, but his bills have been repeatedly shot down by Democratic leaders in the Legislature and a Republican governor who was less than excited to see them on his desk.
The Minnesota Vikings descended on the Capitol this morning with their offensive line of contract lobbyists.
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