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GOP leader against using state tax money for new Vikings stadium

The new chairman of the Minnesota House Taxes Committee says he opposes using state tax money to build a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium.

Republican Rep. Greg Davids of Preston said residents of his southeastern Minnesota district would not benefit from having a new stadium in the Twin Cities, so he won't ask them to pay for it.

Davids told Minnesota Public Radio News it's possible some money for a new stadium could be raised by a ticket tax or some other kind of user fee - but he said it's not going to be general fund money.

Davids said he opposed the new Twins stadium until supporters proposed a plan to raise sales taxes only in Hennepin County, the ballpark's home county.

The Vikings' Metrodome lease expires after the coming season.