Road raids – Run on transportation funds leads to poor jobs performance: Garden City Telegram – Sept 1, 2016

gctelegramNot only was Kansas’ job growth rate in July the worst in the nation, it lost more construction jobs during the past year than any other state.

The decline is due in part to the state’s struggling economy. But it’s also a consequence of Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature raiding the state transportation fund to cover the state’s budget shortfalls.

From July 2015 to July 2016, the total number of construction workers in Kansas declined by 4,400, or 7.3 percent, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released this month by the Associated General Contractors of America. That was the most job losses of any state.

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