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Legislators – Vikings Stadium Bill Comes Next Week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minnesota lawmakers say they will offer a bill for a new Vikings stadium next week.

The Vikings released a letter from Sen. Julie Rosen of Fairmont and Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead on their website Thursday night. The Republicans say in a letter to other lawmakers that a stadium bill is secondary to state budget difficulties but still urgent with the Vikings’ Metrodome lease ending and that building’s roof collapsed.

A bill summary says it would create a new stadium authority to pick a Twin Cities site and own and run the new stadium. A state share of $30 million in the first year would come from sales taxes on pro sports memorabilia, on luxury boxes in the new stadium and on digital video equipment, plus stadium naming rights and a lottery game. An unspecified local government or the Metropolitan Council would sell construction bonds for a local share.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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