ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The clock is running for St. Louis to pass a funding plan for a new NFL stadium, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is sounding as optimistic as ever.

The mayor does not usually go so far as to make a legislative prediction, but now he’s saying the stadium funding bill will make it out of the Ways and Means Committee.

“We will get a majority vote, we will get it out of committee,” Slay says. “But not without a lot of hard work.”

A day after St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke met with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Slay is getting encouraged about the stadium dream becoming a reality.

“I can tell you I am real pleased that (Kroenke) and the governor had an opportunity to meet,” Slay says. “I have not been briefed on what the subject matter was or what they talked about, yet. But you know, this is something that is really important to the city of St. Louis and our future.”

NFL owners are in Dallas this week for their annual December meetings.

A closed-door meeting to discuss the possibility of teams relocating to the Los Angeles market is expected to happen today.

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