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Legislative Update: March 22, 2019

Hearings started in the Senate and House on the package of bills introduced to implement the recommendations of the Legislative Transportation Task Force. Read the report from Legislative Research regarding task force recommendations here. Read more about the bills introduced … Continue reading

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Gov. Outlines Plan for FY 2020 Transportation Investments

Today, Governor Kelly joined Transportation Secretary Lorenz in announcing plans to invest $160 million in transportation projects across the state. CLICK HERE FOR A PRESS RELEASE AND OTHER MATERIALS FROM THE FEB 13th BRIEFING During the press conference, specifics were … Continue reading

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Road crew staffing spotlighted in Kansas budget debate: The Macon Telegraph (GA)

Kansas has trouble keeping road equipment operators from leaving for other, better-paying jobs — so much so that supervisors worry about being able to cobble together crews to clear snow after blizzards and to fill potholes quickly. READ MORE

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TESTIMONY: DeSoignie to Transportation Task Force – Salina

The following testimony was presented to the Transportation Task Force by Economic Lifelines interim director, Ed DeSoignie, in Salina on September 6th, 2018. A printable PDF version of the testimony is available here. Chairman McGinn, Chairman Proehl and members of … Continue reading

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EL Update: Task Force Dates Set

Greetings from Topeka. Like others, we’re anxiously watching the election results as votes in the GOP primary race for Governor continue to be counted, possibly recounted & eventually verified. Meanwhile, Democrat nominee Laura Kelly and Independent candidate Greg Orman have … Continue reading

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Editorial: Kansas is neglecting its highways. Raiding the transportation budget must change: Wichita Eagle, Feb 13, 2018

Whatever our neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri once bragged about, Kansans could always think, “Yes, but our roads are so much better.” That’s no longer the case. Many areas of Kansas have state highways in need of repair or modernization. … Continue reading

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Kansas has spent $3 billion meant for roads on other things. Stopping will be hard: Wichita Eagle, Feb 12, 2018

More than $3.3 billion of your tax dollars meant for highways have been spent elsewhere over the past 20 years. It has gone to shore up other areas of state spending. In turn, the state is delaying nearly two dozen … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons to support SB 285

Below are the Top 10 Reasons to support SB 285 to #BuildAVision for Kansas Transportation by establishing a special task force to set transportation priorities for the State of Kansas. 23 projects outstanding: We must develop a plan to get … Continue reading

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Kansas transportation officials push for task force on state’s road needs: Topeka Capital-Journal, Jan 25, 2018

Communities, builders and economic development organizations are pushing legislators to take a comprehensive look at the Kansas transportation needs after the state spent years sweeping highway funds to support a faltering state budget. Members of the Senate Ways and Means … Continue reading

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EL NEWS: Kansas Transportation Issues to be Evaluated Under New Legislative Proposal

Topeka, Kan. —Transportation issues in Kansas would be evaluated with an eye toward developing a new plan to address them under a proposal introduced today in the Kansas Legislature. The establishment of a newly formed transportation task force would set … Continue reading

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