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Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans explains a Vikings stadium backup funding plan to the joint House and Senate tax committee Thursday. Danielle Killey | Forum News Service

Cigarette tax to back Vikings 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.

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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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