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SC STL: We want to talk to Gov.-Elect Greitens

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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, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The group behind the effort to bring a MLS team to St. Louis will try to talk face-to-face with Governor-elect Eric Greitens about his opposition to state money to help fund a new stadium.

"We want to sit down with the Governor (elect) to see if he would reconsider," says Jim Kavanaugh of SC-STL.

Greitens on Monday in a statement said any state money for the project was "welfare for millionaires."

Kavanaugh is a St. Louis businessman and former MLS player who is part of the group that is considered a frontrunner to land an expansion franchise.

The group's plan is to secure $40 million in state tax credits and $80 million from the City of St. Louis, and also combine that with private money to build a 20,000 seat stadium near Union Station.

On Tuesday, the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center released a study saying the state's $40 million tax credits would give the state a net revenue of $24.5 million as well as create 355 construction jobs for four years and 475 annual jobs with the new team.

The The Missouri State Development Finance Board postponed a vote on state tax credits for the stadium that was scheduled for Tuesday.

Kavanaugh added that without the state support, "It could be a deal breaker."

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