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Governor-elect Greitens opposed to taxpayer funded MLS stadium in St. Louis

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A rendering of the proposed MLS stadium that would be built near Union Station. Credit: MLS A rendering of the proposed MLS stadium that would be built near Union Station. Credit: MLS

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com/AP) – Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens is opposed to a taxpayer funded soccer stadium in St. Louis.

"I'm opposed to spending taxpayer money to build a soccer stadium in St. Louis," Greitens said. "This project is nothing more than welfare for millionaires. Right now, because of reckless spending by career politicians, we can't even afford the core functions of government, let alone spend millions on soccer stadiums. This back-room wheeling and dealing is exactly what frustrates Missourians. This type of politics as usual is coming to an end."

Greitens' comments were made Monday, one day before the Missouri Development Finance Board is expected to vote on a request to approve $40 million in state tax credits for the stadium. It's unclear how much sway Greitens has since the Republican doesn't take office until Jan. 9.

St. Louis voters in April will be asked to approve an additional $80 million in public funding.

Plans for the new $200 million stadium proposed by the group SC STL were unveiled in November, part of an effort to attract an MLS expansion team.

A spokesman for SC STL declined immediate comment.

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