April 16, 2015 – Poll shows overwhelming support for T-WORKS

TOPEKA— Kansans believe T-WORKS, the state’s 10 year, $8.2 billion transportation program, should be a top priority in the Kansas budget, according to a poll released today.
In a random sample of five hundred likely voters in the state of Kansas, 95 percent believe T-WORKS should be fully funded by the Kansas Legislature with 69 percent opposing the diversion of transportation funds to pay for budget shortfalls. T-WORKS was passed in 2010 and with the bulk of funding coming from a 4/10 cent sales tax that lawmakers continue to transfer to other areas of the budget to the tune of $2.1 billion through fiscal year 2017.

“This poll shows what we have long believed, that Kansans support a first rate transportation system and they expect their tax dollars to be used transparently for the purpose in which they were intended,” said Johnnie Koger, Co-Chair of Economic Lifelines. “The highway funds are being drained at a rate of just over $1 million per day in the current fiscal year and proposed budget for the next two years.” T-WORKS has proven to be a vital program for all areas of the state, creating needed jobs in what has been a
slow growing Kansas economy and providing infrastructure needed to allow economic development. The program was designed to deliver projects throughout the state, make travel safer, and return more than $10 billion to the Kansas economy.

The poll was conducted March 5-10, 2015 by The Kitchens Group, Orlando, Fla. The margin of error for this survey is a +/- 4.4 percent with a 95 percent confidence level.

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Economic Lifelines is the statewide coalition of organizations and community groups which provide the grassroots support for Comprehensive Transportation Programs in Kansas. Its members believe that the economic development and jobs that are generated by such programs are vital to the stability and growth of the Kansas economy and that of individual communities.

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