DFLer eyes pro sports gear tax for Vikings stadium 09 Apr 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A leading House Democrat has introduced a bill to add the state sales tax to team jerseys and other pro sports memorabilia to help cover the state’s share of the new Vikings stadium.

The proposal released Monday by state Representative Ann Lenczewski of Bloomington also adds the state sales tax to purchase of box seats and luxury seats at pro sports venues. Lenczewski, chairwoman of the House Taxes Committee, says it’s in response to the disappointing tax revenue so far from electronic gambling that’s supposed to fund the state’s share of the $975 million downtown Minneapolis stadium.

Lenczewski says she wants a discussion of backup stadium revenue before it gets too late in the session. She plans a hearing on her proposal in the Taxes Committee later this week.