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Missouri GOP official: State taxpayers should realize St. Louis ‘is the engine that drives the state,’ and support a new football stadium

St. Louis Rams’ Rodney McLeod, cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) and linebacker James Laurinaitis converge on a pass but are unable to make an interception during an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
St. Louis Rams’ Rodney McLeod, cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) and linebacker James Laurinaitis converge on a pass but are unable to make an interception during an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

State funding for a new football stadium in St. Louis continues to be an issue in state politics, and in St. Louis, where the local financing plan is inching its way through the Board of Alderman.

In this week’s edition of, um, This Week in Missouri Politics, Missouri Republican party finance director Jack Spooner says the state’s taxpayers need to wise up as they consider funding their share of the new facility.

“The state needs to realize that this is the heartbeat, this is the heart of the state, this is the engine that drives the state,” he said. “And if you want to be relevant in today’s society you have to have a football team.”

UPDATE: Late Monday, Spooner sent an email to the Buzz. He said he wanted to clarify that he was speaking individually, not as a GOP party official.

“I stand by my comments as I believe taxpayers should consider supporting the new stadium as investment partners receiving repayment and return on the investment,” Spooner wrote. “I recognize there are many in my party — including several Republican leaders — whose opinions I greatly respect that do not share my viewpoint on taxpayer funding for new stadiums.”

The full program is below. Spooner’s comment come at 23:00:

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