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Nixon: MLS stadium is not a backroom deal

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a news conference in his office following the end of the legislative session Friday, May 15, 2015, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a news conference in his office following the end of the legislative session Friday, May 15, 2015, in Jefferson City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Outgoing Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon weighed in the debate over public funding for a soccer stadium by disagreeing with his successor Eric Greitens, who’s called the stadium proposal a backroom deal.

Greitens has criticized the project, which calls for $40 million in state tax credits and $80 million from the city of St. Louis. He is opposed to using any state money for a stadium, calling it “welfare for millionaires.”

The Group SC STL is hoping to secure public funding as part of an effort to lure an expansion MLS franchise.

Nixon said Wednesday he was taken a back at Greiten’s comments, saying the process has been open. If the St. Louis Board of Aldermen vote to devote city funds to the stadium, voters in the city would still need to give their stamp of approval.

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

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