While the tax committees are continuing their important work on addressing the overall tax structure, the budget committees in both the house and senate have passed an important measure allowing KDOT to bond to fund preservation on the state highway system at the levels necessary to maintain the current condition.

These decisions are not easy during these difficult financial times, but we applaud the House Appropriations Committee and Senate Ways and Means Committee for their commitment to invest in preserving our infrastructure so that the state won’t have to delay maintenance that will be much more costly in the future.

A potential payback mechanism for such bonding could include an additional motor fuel tax which continues to be discussed by the tax committee in the house or dedicating a portion of the existing sales tax revenue stream.

We want to thank all of the Economic Lifelines members for their support as we continue to raise awareness on the importance of infrastructure investments to our state.

We ask that you thank the members of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committee for their support in maintaining our state’s infrastructure.

As always, we will continue to keep you informed as the session progresses and these proposals are forwarded to the full chambers for debate.

If you have an opportunity to expose legislators to a behind the scenes look at their transportation system that we can help to arrange or if there is ever any information or assistance that we can provide, please feel free to contact me at anytime. I can be reached at or by phone at (785) 969-9270.



Tara Mays
Executive Director
(785) 969-9270 or

P.S. While you continue to have these discussions with policymakers, please feel welcome to use the feedback tool provided on our website. We will follow up with legislators to continue the dialog about the importance of infrastructure investments to the economy.

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