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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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State groups, lawmakers gather to talk transportation needs, policy: Garden City Telegram, Sept. 28, 2017

As legislators gear up to replace the Transportation Works for Kansas (T-WORKS) program inaugurated in 2010 and slated for termination in 2020, statewide transportation groups and southwest Kansas lawmakers and officials gathered in Garden City Wednesday to discuss regional transportation … Continue reading

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EL UPDATE – Summer 2017

We wanted to share with you some of the coverage surrounding the 2018 gubernatorial race and those individuals that have expressed interest so far in being the next Governor of the great state of Kansas at this point. We encourage … Continue reading

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T-WORKS PROGRESS: JUNE 28

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has begun the process of letting additional critical preservation projects based on the $400 million in additional bonding authority Economic Lifelines worked to have authorized by the 2017 Kansas Legislature. Economic Lifelines sought to … Continue reading

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