BLOOMINGTON, MN-The planned expansion of the Mall ofAmerica here, valued at $1.5 billion, will receive as muchas $250 million in tax breaks thanks to the MinnesotaLegislature.

Lawmakers approved the incentives this week that will fundimprovements to the mall's roads and other infrastructure via theTwin Cities Metropolitan Area Fiscal DisparitiesProgram, a regional pool of commercial and industrial taxmoney that is designed to reduce the imbalance between wealthy andpoorer communities, according to the Star Tribune.

Mall officials declined to discuss details on the expansion planor when construction might begin. The newspaper reports theexpansion could double the size of the mall with more stores, movietheaters, hotels, and possibly a water park.

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John Jordan

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