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.