WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Last week a judge in New Jersey ruled against Vikingsí owner Zygi and his brother Mark Wilf and a cousin for a variety of civil crimes. He was sued by a couple of business partners for damages of loss of funds from 20 years ago. According to published accounts, the litigants are seeking more than $50 million in damages. The judge ruled against the Wilfs for violating New Jerseyís civil racketeering law and will rule in the next two weeks to determine damages.
Well, of course there is a lot of dithering going on in state government questioning whether or not the Wilfs will hold up their end of the bargain with the new stadium deal which is about to be set for the go ahead.
I donít know, but in the grand scheme of things I donít think this will have a huge affect on the Wilfs and probably will not stop the stadium deal.
However knowing the outcome of this law suit, can we really trust these guys? I know I would probably count my fingers after shaking their hands.
I really have not been a real fan of this stadium deal from the get go, especially the part of funding the states portion from electronic pull tabs. Although I was definitely wrong about one thing. I thought the electronic pull tabs would really hurt the regular pull tabs that so many small towns depend on to help fund community endeavors. In fact just the opposite happened, the regular pull tab players said nix to the new electronic version. Time will tell if the electronic version will some day come to fruition, perhaps as our younger tech savvy generation gets into that scene it may change, but I am not holding my breath.
Now it seems the smokers are going to puff their way to help solve the stadium funding issue. I have no problem with that, especially if it eventually gets enough people to quit smoking. Of course if that happens, there goes our source of funding for the stadium ó talk about a catch 22!
Although I am not a fan of the downside of Indian Gaming, as long as we have it, I still think it should either be taxed or charged some fees. Or the state should open its own casino in cooperation with the Indian tribes that offered to go in partnership with one. Thatís a no brainer to me. Also I really donít understand why the legislature didnít pass a modest tax increase on alcohol. I guess the liquor lobby is very powerful. But, there has been no increase in liquor taxes for over 20 years! How can you put obscene tax increases on cigarettes but nothing on liquor?
Have a great week and do good!
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