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Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans explains a Vikings stadium backup funding plan to the joint House and Senate tax committee Thursday, May 16, 2013. (Forum News Service photo by Danielle Killey)

Cigarette tax to back stadium construction

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ST. PAUL - Smokers will provide the backstop to Viking stadium construction funding, the governor and legislative leaders announced Thursday night.

If that is not enough, eliminating corporate tax loopholes will be a second backup to electronic pulltabs and bingo, which have failed to generate as much state revenue as expected.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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