governor, Kathleen Sebelius, has proposed using highway funds to
help balance the state’s budget, according to media reports.
her state of the state address Jan. 15, announced her budget plan,
which includes a proposal to cut the state’s 10-year, $13.5 billion
highway program by roughly $165 million. Along with cuts made under
the previous governor, Bill Graves, the plan would lower the highway
program by $260 million over two budget years – about 2 percent
of the total program.
other state officials said the plan would slow work on roads throughout
the state. However, the new governor still wants to eventually complete
all projects contained in the 10-year plan.
But the reduction
in spending on roads would not end there. The proposed budget also
calls for shifting the cost of the Highway Patrol to the road fund,
further biting into transportation money. The fund will provide
$13.1 million to the highway patrol in fiscal year 2003 and $31
million in fiscal year 2004, according to the governor’s budget
does not call for any new major taxes, and leaves education programs
in the state uncut.