This is worth a read. Governor Dayton on March 12, 2012 arguing that the e-pulltabs projections made sense. All it would take is a 142% increase in the popularity of pulltabs after the introduction of e-pulltabs (the icon on the lower-right of the document will let you go full-screen):
“I believe it is sound, reliable, and sufficient to finance the state’s share of this project.
Anyone who says otherwise is speaking without my authorization and is seriously misrepresenting my position.
As Senator Sean Nienow has been saying on Twitter, Dayton owns this debacle. The above statement makes it pretty darn clear.
— Sean Nienow (@SNienow) April 9, 2013
Dayton goes on:
Furthermore, everyone trying to dismantle this proposal, without offering a better one, is clearly trying to defeat the bill.
That’s a ridiculous statement.
First, it’s perfectly legitimate to try to defeat a bill that provides corporate Wilfare to an organization that doesn’t need it but simply wants it.
It’s legitimate to argue that it’s not the state’s job to subsidize the NFL.
It’s perfectly legitimate to argue that the Vikings, together with Vikings fans, could work together to come up with a private financing scheme if they really felt that a new stadium was worth the cost.
Second, it’s ridiculous statement because alternative financing proposals were offered. Many were proposed. Here are some examples:
Some called for the Vikings to chip in a far larger share.
Some called for paying for the stadium through taxes on sports related merchandise, tickets, and naming rights.
Some called for subsidizing the NFL by exploiting the state’s gamblers through slot machines at horse tracks.
And one offered to sell the current Metrodome to the Vikings for $1, then let them do whatever they’d like with it (Refurb? Tear down? That’s their business.)
But, all of those ideas were rejected by the legislators carrying the bills through the house and senate, who were clearly working with Governor Dayton to craft the bill.