Rep. Garofalo authors bill prohibiting Super Bowl tax breaks

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The chairman of the Minneapolis Sports Commission is on record saying that in order for Minnesota to earn a Super Bowl bid, lawmakers would have to approve tax exemptions for game tickets, other related events and player salaries.

The NFL requirement is something that competitors New Orleans and Indianapolis already have in place.

After a significant battle in the State Capitol over public funding for the new stadium, it's has been unclear if there is support to add these types of cuts.

A bill authored by Rep. Pat Garofalo, a St. Paul Republican, would prohibit any additional public money to be used to lure the Super Bowl to Minnesota.

Proponents argue it's a small price to pay. Michel Kelm-Helgen said when Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl, the city brought in $40 million just in tax revenue after the required exemptions.

"When we have an opportunity to fill a gap like that the hospitality community does benefit from that significantly," said Melvin Tennant, Meet Minneapolis President and CEO, in a story on earlier this month.

While support for the tax credits has been unclear, it's also unclear whether there is support for Garofalo's bill, HF2433.


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