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E-Pull tab Viking stadium revenue falling short


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It seemed like Minnesotans hung in the balance forever - waiting to see whether a new Vikings stadium would come to Minnesota.

When the plan finally passed, tax payers were told that revenue from electronic pull tabs was expected to fund a portion of the cost of the stadium.

But that intended plan isn't panning out as expected, as electronic pull tab revenue is 95% behind schedule.

And now, some lawmakers are poised to push the panic button.

State Senator Sean Nienow is introducing a bill that will require the Minnesota Vikings to pay any shortfalls in the funding of the new stadium so it doesn't fall on the taxpayers.

However, some argue it's still too soon for that move.

E-pull tab revenue proponents say that while E-pull tab revenues are 95% less than the $34 million the Administration expected, there are only 3 electronic pulltab providers in the state.

Brewskie's Bar and Grill in Utica recently joined the list of establishments offering the electronic games. But they've only been up an running for the last two weeks.

Brewskie's representatives say revenues from his electronic games go to both the new stadium and the Whitewater Trailblazer snowmobile club.

Statewide, the current E-pull tab revenues are at $1.8 million of the $34-million dollar goal.


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