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Column: A tax is still a tax

Published 11/15/2011, Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL — In a recent newsletter from a state lawmaker, there was a declaration opposing the use of state general fund money for a Vikings stadium. However, the lawmaker went on to assume that state tax revenue from gambling activities such as electronic pull tabs and racino (slot machines at Minnesota’s two horse tracks) would not be considered general fund dollars and therefore an acceptable source of revenue to fund a new stadium.

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