This is what it’s come to in Minnesota: The state is now planning on spending money to encourage residents to gamble more in bars, in hopes that they’ll generate enough revenue to pay for the new Vikings stadium. Which they almost certainly won’t, so the state is considering selling more lottery tickets, too. Or maybe letting people bet on computer-generated horse races. And some people are extremely not happy, though the not happiest appears to be the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, which is not happy because this would mean competition for its casino revenues, not not happy because the government is trying to raise money by getting drunk people to gamble their paychecks away.
And in case you’re wondering how much gambling it takes to build a football stadium, The Deets has an estimate for you: 94 million hours’ worth. As Deets proprietor (and MinnPost writer) Ed Kohler notes: “When Governor Dayton talks about the jobs the Vikings stadium creates, he shouldn’t focus solely on construction workers. He should also consider the 21 gamblers he created to subsidize each of those construction jobs.”