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The strategy for a new baseball stadium includes enlisting the involvement of key downtown developers while limiting public say over subsidies

Cardinals president Mark Lamping: "It would be easy for us to float all types of exciting renderings of a new stadium, but we just don't think it's appropriate to do that unless we have a way to pay for it."
Cardinals president Mark Lamping: "It would be easy for us to float all types of exciting renderings of a new stadium, but we just don't think it's appropriate to do that unless we have a way to pay for it."

The city amusement tax on tickets generates about $5.5 million a year between the Cardinals and the Blues, who have also been complaining about their tax burden. "If that money is lost, it has to be made up in some other fashion," Wessels says. "Everybody wants tax relief -- I'd like some, too. It's kind of hard for me to ask my constituents to give a tax break to wealthy team owners so they can pay wealthy players more money."

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