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bu T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Competing tribal gaming interests surfaced during a Minnesota Senate hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 6 devoted to examining Vikings’ stadium financial issues. White Earth Tribal officials appeared before the joint Senate committee, offering to build a casino at the Arden Hills Vikings’ stadium site, should that site advance. White Earth [...]

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Blaine, Anoka County officials reflect on deal with team that went south in 2006 by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Some Anoka County and city of Blaine officials look back on the abandoned Anoka County/Vikings’ stadium proposal with a degree of satisfaction. “I think we got so much good PR out of it,” said Blaine [...]

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Time to stop playing games, governor says by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter A feisty Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton urged state lawmakers on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to “stop playing games” and act on a Vikings’ stadium. “Come on. What are we doing here?” asked Dayton  at a Capitol press conference. “This is about moving Minnesota [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Chances of a special legislative session devoted to the Vikings’ stadium may be gone. Republican legislative leaders today on Wednesday, Nov. 2 left Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s office after an hour’s meeting complaining about the lack of a stadium plan, and the need for public hearings. “Without a plan, [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday, Nov. 1 issued a statement regarding the Vikings’ stadium in which he said Republican and Democratic legislative leaders have indicated to him that there is not enough support in their respective caucuses to exempt either the city of Minneapolis nor Ramsey County from [...]

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by T. W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter A potential major funding stream for a new Vikings’ stadium dried up Tuesday, Nov. 1 with news that legislative leaders believe the only way the Republican-controlled Legislature would approve a local sales tax increase provision for a stadium is if voters first approve the measure. While Democratic Gov. [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Opinions differ among area lawmakers in regard to the proposed special legislative stadium session, but a few themes recently emerged. In general, the lawmakers are not keen on Gov. Mark Dayton’s idea of calling a special session in November to address the Vikings’ stadium. Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders emerged late morning on Friday, Oct. 28 after about a two hour meeting on the Vikings’ stadium. The lawmakers spoke of making progress on the stadium issue, but reported no breakthroughs. “It remains to be seen,” said Dayton of whether he will [...]

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