ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s financing package for a new NFL stadium gets assigned to a tough committee – at a time when stadium backers were hoping for smooth sailing.

“I didn’t look at the bill from a standpoint of which committee it would have the easiest time in, or the most difficult time. I wanted to make sure that it’s a good fit for the bill and that the taxpayers are well-represented,” says Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, who chose the Ways and Means Committee.

Of the two committees the stadium plan could have gone to, the Ways and Means Committee is considered tougher because it includes several aldermen who have said they won’t back the stadium until the mayor comes up with a comprehensive crime-fighting plan.

“We’re not asking for anything that would be that difficult to put together, especially considering 160-plus murders in our city, it is absolutely critical,” Reed says.

Reed says he thinks the bill can get out of committee and onto the full floor after a few hearings.

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