Vikings Stadium Bill One Step Away from Governors Signiture

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A fast-moving Minnesota Vikings stadium bill is just a successful state Senate vote away from reaching the desk of a supportive Gov. Mark Dayton. The Minnesota House voted 71-60 early Thursday on a reworked $975 million stadium bill. Passage came within hours of the Vikings signing off on a proposal requiring them to pay $50 million more than franchise owners had previously agreed to. The deal puts the team and its private partners on the hook for $477 million. The public would pay $498 million through and expansion of legalized gambling and a redirected sales tax now collected in Minneapolis. The Vikings have pursued a new stadium for more than a decade, but the push gained urgency when its lease expired after last season.  The Senate is due to vote Thursday afternoon.


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