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Opponents battle MoDOT’s numbers

Job cuts, service at center of debate

Opponents of the state Transportation Department’s downsizing plan argued last Wednesday it created substantially more job and service cuts in the northeastern and southeastern regions of Missouri than in the two metropolitan areas.

But MoDOT Director Kevin Keith told the six-member Highways and Transportation Commission — before they voted unanimously to approve the “Bolder Five-Year Direction” proposal — that urban/ rural job ratios would remain the same.

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And that dispute is one of the reasons that former U.S. Rep. Wendell Bailey, who also served as Missouri’s treasurer, told reporters after the vote that “this is not over.”

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