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Minneapolis Legislators Want to Take Away Tax Breaks on Super Bowl Tickets

"Why should the rich people buying tickets not have to pay taxes?"

"Why should the rich people buying tickets not have to pay taxes?"

State Sen. Scott Dibble (D-Minneapolis) is done giving the NFL tax breaks. In fact, he wants some of the concessions the state gave the multibillion-dollar "nonprofit" back.

"They made what, 10, 11 billion dollars last year?" he asked. "The NFL already got all kinds of perks and wonderful things for themselves when they agreed to [bring the Super Bowl] here. I'm not sure it's a good idea to be giving any more tax breaks."

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He authored a bill (SF 2021) that would repeal a state law enacted for the 1992 Super Bowl, which made Super Bowl tickets not subject to state taxes.

"That costs the state $9.5 million, and that money could go to any number of worthy causes," he says, ticking off early childhood education, upgrades to the transit hub at Mall of America, and public safety as three possibilities.

"Why should the rich people buying tickets not have to pay taxes?"

Dibble wasn't sure if the bill will get a hearing, but if it doesn't he plans to offer it as a floor amendment to force the conversation. He got his friend and fellow Minneapolis legislator Rep. Frank Hornstein to carry the same bill in the House.

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