GOP gubernatorial candidates say proposed riverfront stadium needs voter approval

The five Republicans candidates for governor disagree with Gov. Jay Nixon, who says he doesn’t need voter approval to extend current bonds to pay for the proposed $1 billion riverfront stadium in St. Louis.

The candidates agree that the stadium has to be brought to a public vote since it will be built with public money. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said the stadium’s fate is not the Governor’s decision and Sen. Bob Dixon claims a public vote would give the project credibility.

Catherine Hanaway said the proposal is one of the worst examples of crony capitalism, saying she can “think of lots of ways to better spend more than $400 million of taxpayer money than for a playground for millionaire players and billionaire owners.”

Several legislators have filed a lawsuit to prevent Nixon from using state money for the project.

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