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Bill McKenna

Courtesy of the Missouri Department of Transportation

A panel created by the Missouri House to review the state's transportation needs met Monday in Columbia.

Most of the testimony heard by the Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee on Missouri's Transportation Needs centered on improving the state's highways, and whether those improvements should include a toll road -- be it I-70 or another major highway.  Bob Gilbert with the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce told the panel that the state should also upgrade U.S. Highway 50.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec.2, 2008 - Governor-elect Jay Nixon said Wednesday that he would impose a temporary freeze on long-term state contracts for goods and services, and  conduct thorough reviews of state capital projects and tax credits in an effort curtail state spending in order to address Missouri's growing budget problems.