Please, take some time out and let Governor Nixon know that putting all of this taxpayer money into new road building is simply unacceptable. Tell him that:
# St. Clair County, IL fully funds its Metro operations under a service contract funded from both local sales tax and funding from the State of Illinois. In 2008, Metro received more than $27 million from the St. Clair County Transit District.
# In contrast, the State of Missouri contributes $1.4 million per year to Metro. If the State of Missouri used the State of Illinois ratio to population, they would provide $150 million annually to Metro.
Also mention that new roads only funnel investment away from already existing infrastructure. Take a look at I-70 through St. Charles County, or the Page extension: these new road and road expansion projects only suck residents and retail away from existing sites and fuel growth on the exurban fringe. This shifting of resources is bad for everyone in the state of Missouri except for the few residents who enjoy the new infrastructure.
Let Governor Nixon know that a first-class city needs first-class transit!