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News, Sports, State/Region, State/Region — March 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Vikings football stadium budget

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s budget chief will likely wait until summer before deciding whether to activate so-called blink-on revenue options for the new Vikings football stadium. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter encountered sharp questions Monday from lawmakers who are worried that general tax dollars will be needed to compensate for poor results from expanded gambling. Finance officials said last week that the electronic pull-tabs are producing only a tiny fraction of anticipated revenue to pay off future state debt on the stadium.

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