Missouri gov says if it would mean public vote on Rams stadium, we don’t need county’s stinking money

It’s not quite building atop the site of ancient Indian burial mounds, but it’s still another sign that the St. Louis plan for a new Rams stadium isn’t going well: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has told St. Louis County officials that he doesn’t want the county involved in the stadium financing plan, because the county would require a public vote and then it might lose, duh.

That would solve one problem, but create another, by blowing open a $6 million a year (roughly enough to pay off $100 million in construction costs) hole in Nixon’s proposed stadium budget, which already has enough holes as it is. Jones Dome chair Jim Shrewsbury, a Nixon appointee, painted this move as a way to convince the NFL that Missouri is serious about getting a stadium passed quickly, but the NFL cares about who’s going to pay for stadiums (preferably not them), not just whether they can proceed without public votes, so this looks like out of a frying pan and into the fire. It’s starting to seem more likely that Stan Kroenke might actually pull the trigger on an L.A. move, though with a $1.86 billion price tag, you have to think that at least part of him is hoping that Nixon finds enough spare change so that he doesn’t have to.

4 comments on “Missouri gov says if it would mean public vote on Rams stadium, we don’t need county’s stinking money

  1. Are you aware of any group or organization that is lobbying against taxpayer funding for a new Rams stadium? All of the articles I can find quote the bill’s supporters (Peacock, Nixon, etc.) but never mention opponents by name, either as individuals or as an organized lobbying group.

  2. Not that I’ve heard of. Fred Lindecke, who fought the Jones Dome and Busch Stadium deals, is still around, but I haven’t heard whether he’s organizing anything these days.

  3. You’ve got it right. Buying up pols is the easy part for us. The hard part is finding the public stadium cash. You’ve gotta turn over a lot of rocks and shake down a lot of taxpayers to come up with a billion bucks these days.