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Senate panel adds racino to stadium funding


ST. PAUL - A Senate committee voted today to backup Vikings stadium funding by allowing horse-racing tracks to add casinos, a change the bill author said would kill the bill.

Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, offered an amendment to allow so-called racinos at the state's two horse tracks, replacing increased taxes expected from allowing electronic pulltab and bingo charitable games as a way to fund stadium construction.

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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.