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Dayton Backs Bigger Charity Share in Stadium Deal

Minnesota Vikings

ST. PAUL  (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing that Minnesota charities that operate pull-tab gambling get a bigger chunk of tax receipts from an expansion of those games at the expense of using the money to help build a Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Dayton says Friday that he believes the proposed pull-tabs expansion would still raise enough money to cover the state’s cost for replacing the Metrodome. And earmarking some of the profits for tax relief for the thousands of charities that profit from pull-tabs could be instrumental in winning their support for the stadium proposal.

Right now bars and restaurants operate pull-tab games and give profits to charities. The stadium plan would authorize electronic versions of those games, with the state using projected new tax revenue to cover about a third of the stadium tab.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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