MN lawmaker wants Vikings to cover all stadium shortfalls

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ST. PAUL - A Minnesota lawmaker wants the Vikings put on the hook to pay any shortfalls involved in building the team's new stadium.  

State Senator Sean Nienow (R-Cambridge) says he will introduce legislation this week that will make the Minnesota Vikings responsible for any deficiencies in the stadium funding stream.

State Representative Brian Johnson (R-Cambridge) will author the bill in the House.

The Dayton Administration acknowledges the main funding source for the stadium, E-pull tab revenues, is 95% less than the $34 million in revenues that the Administration predicted.

Current E-pull tab revenues are a reported $1.8 million. 

"Governor Dayton promised us not one dollar from the General Fund would go to pay for the building of the stadium," Nienow said in a written statement. "If we don't intervene to stop this potential financial train wreck the funding shortfall will come out of the General Fund. That means money will be taken from our schools and health care to pay for a new stadium. Minnesota's hard working taxpayers expect government to be more responsible than that."

Nienow says he welcomes comments and questions and can be reached by telephone at (651)296-5419, by mail at 105 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155, or via e-mail at


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