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Lawmaker opposition casts doubt on new St. Louis stadium

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) Missouri's legislative budget chairmen say they don't approve of a plan to use state money for a new St. Louis football stadium.

Gov. Jay Nixon has been working with St. Louis officials on a $998 million stadium plan aimed at keeping the Rams in St. Louis. Their plan includes an expected $135 million in state funds meant for bond payments.

But House Budget Chairman Tom Flanigan sent Nixon a letter Wednesday saying he won't allow any money to be budgeted for a new stadium unless the debt payments are authorized by the Legislature or voters.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Kurt Schaefer said he doesn't believe there is legislative support to spend taxpayer money on a stadium.

Lack of support from budget leaders could cast serious doubts on the project's finances.