Missouri’s bicycle advocates are hoping for some financial sign that state government wants to keep having the Tour of Missouri bicycle race. But time is running short in the state budget process and the outlook is not good. Executive Director Brent Hugh of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation says the state still has a chance for the race. He says private sponsors are waiting for the state to provide some funding before they sign on.
But Hugh says the federation cannot get the state Division of Tourism top discuss the issue. Governor Nixon has indicated no support for state funding.
The race is usually held in September. Hugh is hoping the state will put up one-million dollars—at a time when lawmakers are looking for ways to cut $500-million from the budget.