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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Tour of Missouri: Kinder remains hopeful for '10

In a recent interview with KMOX-AM radio in St. Louis, Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says the money should be in place soon for the 2010 Tour of Missouri, slated for Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Kinder, the biggest supporter of the race in state government, says the professional cycling event could still go on, even if state funding falls through, "It's possible, but it becomes much more challenging because the $1.5 million in tourism tax money is about 45% of our budget," Kinder told KMOX.

Last year, Gov. Jay Nixon had threatened to withhold the $1.5 million tourism subsidy for the Tour of Missouri, but an onslaught of public support led the administration to change its mind.

The Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation isn't taking any chances. It's calling upon supporters of the race to contact Nixon to express their support for the race. Executive Director Brent Hugh is suggesting people thank the governor for his role in saving the Katy Trail bridge in Boonville and to ask him to preserve state funding for the race.


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Roger 4 comments links to this post 12:48 AM

There is a tax on the bridge in Boonville? Stinking Kinder, he'll put a tole on the whole Katy Trail before you know it...
Think you meant Nixon. Kinder is okay, Nixon sucks, always has.
Maybe Roger meant we should thank Nixon for being the troll on the bridge. We know Roger didn't mean toil, maybe meant toll, but I would more think troll.
In this case, it's role! I'm sure it would be amusing to see either Nixon or Kinder attempt some tole painting, though!

Thanks, guys, for catching the mistake!
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