KFVS-TV: MO Gov. freezes $1.5 mil slated for Tour of Missouri

by Zakk Gammon & AP

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Tourism Commission has reaffirmed its support for the Tour of Missouri bicycle race in the face of a potential state budget cut.

Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has frozen $1.5 million of tourism funding intended for the race and is considering whether to eliminate the money to help balance the state budget. Organizers say that would force the cancellation of the September bicycle race. The race normally costs $3.3 million.

At a meeting Friday, members of the state Tourism Commission questioned whether Nixon's administration has the legal authority to control how it spends its money. Commissioners voted to reaffirm their $1.5 million commitment to the race.

Nixon budget director Linda Luebbering said the potential Tour of Missouri cut remains under review.

Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson says a cancellation would be a crushing blow to all the bike enthusiasts and hundreds of volunteers who've put a lot of time and energy to the event.

Stage 2 of the race starts in Ste. Genevieve and ends in Cape Girardeau. Stage 3 starts in Farmington.

Here's the Video:

Lt. Gov. Kinder talks Tour of Missouri

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