Representative voices concern over St. Louis football stadium
JEFFERSON CITY - Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick, R-Shell Knob, released a letter Monday stating he would not support funding for a second football stadium in St. Louis.
The letter addressed to Gov. Jay Nixon said, "It would be wise for you to reconsider your plan to attempt to move forward on this project." Fitzpatrick went on to explain the General Assembly had never intended for statutes to authorize the original stadium bonds to be exploited to pay for a second stadium.
Fitzpatrick also said Missouri residents should have a say in appropriations. "Our state constitution gives the power to appropriate money exclusively to the legislature-the executive branch should not bind Missourians to additional debt without the approval of the people or their elected representatives."
Fitzpatrick ended the letter voicing the concerns of additional legislatures. "Know that many legislatures share my concerns and will join my efforts to block this plan. Should bonds be issued without a vote of the General Assembly or the people themselves, you, Governor Nixon, will bear full responsibility for an damage to Missouri's credit rating. My colleagues and I refuse to participate in this irresponsible plan that will harm more important state spending priorities like public education."
The potential for a second football stadium was unveiled in January as an effort to keep the Rams in St. Louis or lure another team to the city.