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Revenues From Electronic Pull Tabs Trickling In

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Minnesota lawmakers who approved new forms of gambling in bars to help pay for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium will get their first chance to scrutinize lagging revenues from that plan. The House Commerce Committee holds a hearing this afternoon on the recent rollout of electronic pull tab games. Tax revenue from those games is funding the state's $348 million share of the Vikings stadium that will be built in downtown Minneapolis starting later this year. But that revenue has fallen short so far. It was projected to be $34 million in 2012 but ended up at only $16 million. Backers have acknowledged disappointment, but say that the games need time to grow in popularity and to be available at more businesses.