Gov. Mark Dayton said he and other state officials are looking into a secure funding source to pay the state’s share of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium Wednesday.
Officials had counted on additional revenue from electronic pull tabs and bingo games to help pay for the stadium, but the money hasn’t come close to the projected amounts. Originally, the state estimated $225 for the pull tabs’ daily revenue. In March, the daily revenue per machine was only $87. Dayton said in a news conference, the possible secret funding source is “something you’ve never imagined.” He also stated it’s not a sports memorabilia tax.
Dayton said state leaders will release what the secret source is soon. The state needs about $30 million a year to pay its share of the new $975 million stadium.