House committee cuts $12 million of Jones Dome funding from budget

A Missouri House subcommittee has stripped from the state’s 2017 budget a $12 million appropriation used to make bond payments on the Edward Jones Dome, at least temporarily jeopardizing half of the St. Louis facility’s annual debt payments.

The move comes after an unsuccessful effort to keep the Rams in St. Louis with a proposed riverfront football stadium. Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, had proposed issuing debt for that facility without a legislative or public vote, drawing opposition from lawmakers in both parties.

Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, said last month that legislators might consider taking the Jones Dome appropriation out of the budget.

Rep. Robert Ross, R-Yukon, said Monday that the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Authority declined an offer to discuss the issue at the committee hearing. The St. Louis group is expected to testify before the House Budget Committee on Wednesday.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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