Nixon – No stadium until we have long-term commitment

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KPLR) - The relocation of the St. Louis Rams and the proposed riverfront stadium was on the mind of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, who addressed the media Tuesday as the state legislature prepares for its session to open on Wednesday.

Nixon made it clear he has not had any conversations with Rams owner Stan Kroenke recently, but continues to adamantly support the St. Louis proposal despite continuing opposition from lawmakers at the state capitol.

The governor made a point of reminding reporters lawmakers had an entire year to review the stadium plan and attempt to pass legislation that would impact the use of state dollars.

Nixon sidestepped the issue of several continuing legal challenges over the use of state bonds and city dollars to help build a new riverfront facility, instead emphasizing that lawmakers held 17 hearings on the matter.

The governor is satisfied the St. Louis plan he put in motion protects taxpayers, requires substantial private financial commitment, and would help to revitalize what he calls the distressed north riverfront in St. Louis.

But critics of spending any taxpayer dollars may well pursue efforts this session to block the extension of an existing state bond issue for a new stadium.

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