Governor Bob Holden’s main opponent in the contest for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Governor is reaching out to rural Missouri with a plan to revive those regions of the state. State Auditor Claire McCaskill’s proposal includes improvements in transportation and the establishment of the office of rural Missouri – an office held by someone who would pay special attention to the interests of outstate Missouri. McCaskill isn’t sure how much this would cost, but says it’s needed and will be a priority. McCaskill also wants to help spur ethanol production, promote Missouri agriculture products, and ensure rural schools are as competetive as those in the big cities.
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