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Executive Director Tom Barrett of the Minnesota Gambling Control Board tells a Senate committee Wednesday that charitable gambling has fallen from $1.4 billion a year to $1 billion. Charitable gambling taxes would fund Vikings stadium construction. Photo by Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau

Vikings players lobby at Capitol as stadium bill faces another hurdle

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ST. PAUL - A Vikings stadium bill will face an unexpected hurdle before reaching a full Senate vote.

The bill was expected to head to the Senate floor if approved at the Finance Committee meeting today, but Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, said it should go to her Senate Tax Committee first. The Finance Committee is expected to vote on the bill later today, with Ortman's committee likely to take it up Thursday morning.


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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.