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ST. PAUL – ST. PAUL – The Minnesota House of Representatives has approved a bill that would construct a new Minnesota Twins baseball stadium without using state tax dollars. State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) supported the measure.
“We’ve had the Twins stadium debate for more than a decade, and I can honestly say this has been the easiest ballpark plan to support,” Gunther said. “The summary of the bill is very simple: If you don’t buy anything in Hennepin County, you won’t contribute a nickel towards building a new stadium for the Minnesota Twins.”
According to the bill, the $522 million Twins stadium would be paid for only by the Minnesota twins and Hennepin County. The team is responsible for $130 million and Hennepin County will pay off the rest by raising its sales tax by 15-hundredths of 1 percent. This amounts to an additional 3 cents for every $20 spent.
“I have always felt that the Minnesota Twins are too valuable of a state asset to lose,” Gunther said. “In my opinion, this bill represents the best of both worlds, as it keeps the Twins where they belong without impacting any of our local taxpayers.”
If approved by the Minnesota Senate and signed by the Governor, a new Twins ballpark could open in 2010.
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