The stimulus and the states: California and Missouri await their funds

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California is facing down a $42 billion budget gap and now Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced lay offs of over 10,000 government workers and an immediate halt to all public works projects. All this while another state, Missouri, takes the lead in applying stimulus money to the ailing transportation system by having the first economic recovery act in the country already under construction. Pete Rahm, Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, makes a stop at The Takeaway on his publicity push.

"I think this is important to also demonstrate to the country that the highway industry can be a factor in addressing the problems of the recession."
— Pete Rahm, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, on using stimulus funds for the state's highways

Here's the Missouri Department of Transportation's stimulus wish list: