KDOT sweeps continue to harm our state: Hays Daily News – Sept 14, 2016

Kansas has more than 140,000 miles of public roads — the fourth most in the U.S. Such a massive network requires substantial public investment in maintenance and new projects, and some transportation advocates are worried the state’s revenue crisis will prevent much of this necessary work from getting done.

For example, the Brownback administration has transferred more than $1 billion from the Kansas Department of Transportation to the state general fund during the past few years. The chief executive officer of Kansas Lifelines, Michael Johnston, is critical of Brownback for consistently depleting highway funds as a way to address the revenue shortfall: “Over the last six years, the transportation budget — taxpayer dollars which ensure the safety of Kansans and the viability of our economy — has been used to fill holes in the budget.”

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