Missouri’s Governor-Elect is opposed to taxpayer funding for a new soccer stadium in St. Louis, describing it as “welfare for millionaires.”
Governor-Elect Eric Greitens, a Republican, has issued a statement which says “this type of politics as usual is coming to an end.”
Greitens says that “because of reckless spending by career politicians”, Missouri cannot currently afford the core functions of government, much less spending millions of dollars on soccer stadiums. His statement says that “this back-room wheeling and dealing is exactly what frustrates Missourians.”
Missourinet has reached out to Greitens spokesman Parker Briden to see if Greitens will discuss this issue during the January inaugural address or State of the State. We have not heard back from him, as of yet.
The “St. Louis Post-Dispatch” reports Greitens’ statement comes one day before the State Development Finance Board is set to vote on a request from St. Louis City for $40 million in tax credits to go toward the $200 million downtown stadium plan.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) tweeted about Greitens’ statement Monday afternoon. Nixon’s tweet read: “I don’t consider a transparent process that involves three public votes, including one by St. Louis voters, to be ‘backroom wheeling and dealing.'”