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 started campaigning against both Gov Colyer & Kris Kobach amidst the uncertainty.
Meanwhile, the newly created transportation task force has begun its work. They held the first meeting in Topeka on Monday, August 6.
The meeting was an opportunity for the task force members to organize their fall schedule of stops, set overall goals, explore topics most interesting to the membership and learn about the history of transportation programs past.
Committee members from the public and private sector heard from the agency about the current system condition and the 21 projects currently on hold. The committee learned that throughout the course of T-WORKS the agency has $2 billion less than what was anticipated in revenues and will either need to issue additional bonds or have more revenue by FY 2020 or the agency may have to look at turning back federal funds.
We hope you can attend the various meetings of the task force. Here is the schedule:
- Salina – September 6th
- Wyandotte County – September 12th
- Pittsburg – September 20th
- Newton – October 4th
- Garden City – October 11th
- Wichita – October 18th
- Hays – October 24th
- Johnson County – November 8th
- Manhattan – November 9th
- Topeka – November 28-29
As you make plans to attend these important discissions be sure to consider attending any and all in your KDOT district, if you are not familiar with your KDOT district feel free to look that up here.
If you are hoping to testify on behalf of your community, organization, or company it will be important for you to be aware of the conferee guidelines, which you can find by clicking here.
And lastly, this will likely be my final “official” communication to you as Economic Lifelines executive director. Later this month I’ll begin a new career chapter serving the membership of the Kansas Electric Cooperatives in government relations. It’s been an honor to work for you & the great membership of Economic Lifelines. The executive committee of Economic Lifelines has tapped Ed DeSoigne to serve as the interim director. Ed’s lifelong career advancing transportation issues in the region make him ideally suited to step into this role as we keep building momentum for new investments in Kansas.