Email update from Rep John Kriesel

Representative John Kriesel (R) District: 57A

Representative John Kriesel (R) District: 57A

By Rep. John Kriesel (57A)
4/20/2012

Neighbors,

Last night in Tax Committee, I presented HF 2418, my chief authored charitable gambling bill. Under the bill, any charitable gambling organization will be able to donate to a 501c19 even if the recipient organization does not have gambling licenses; organizations such as VFW’s and American Legions. The bill authorizes electronic pull-tab and bingo gaming, and gives tax relief to the charitable-gaming groups. HF 2418 passed out of Tax Committee, and will be heard next in Ways and Means.

As I’m sure you’ve seen on the news, the Vikings Stadium bill did not pass out of the House Committee on Government Operations on Monday night. The bill failed on a 9-5 vote, with the proposed stadium plan using the Metrodome site to build a new complex. The funding breaks down to $398 million from the state from taxes on expanded gambling, $150 from the city of Minneapolis, and $427 million from the Vikings. The stadium is a good thing for Minnesota and job creation; the project will support thousands of jobs, including 7,500 full and part-time construction jobs. Nearly 4.3 million work hours and $300 million in wages will be needed to build the stadium, and more than 90% of the labor and subcontract value is projected to go directly back to Minnesotans. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was at the Capitol this morning to have a meeting with the Governor regarding the stadium, and I will continue to work through the end of session to further the stadium efforts – stay tuned next week for any possible progress.

Please contact my office with any legislative questions or concerns you have at 651-296-4342.

Have a good weekend.
John Kriesel

Representative John Kriesel
Dist. 57A
Vice-Chair: Veterans Services Division Committee, Capital Investment Committee, Judiciary Policy and Finance Committee, Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee
451 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-4342

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