“I think the state got rolled. Our constituents got rolled,” said Rep. Tina Liebling, a Democrat from Rochester. “I think we can do much better.”
Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen was among those to slam the state’s decision to authorize thousands of mini-gambling devices in bars and restaurants and take a cut of the profits. He characterized the plan as preying on people addicted to gambling.
“Rather than Robin Hood, we’re robbing the poor to subsidize the rich,” said Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe.
But ardent fan Larry Spooner Jr., the leader of a band of Vikings fans who held daily vigils at the Capitol during stadium discussions, was giddy with excitement. Spooner said he would hold off on celebrating until all of the votes were done.
“We are Vikings fans,” he said. “We are prepared for the worst.”