Kansas transit chief says new taxes will make up for road cuts

| 1/21/2003

Increased motor fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees passed last year in Kansas should make up for any cuts in highway funding proposed by the incoming governor, the state’s transportation secretary, Deb Miller, told The Topeka Capital-Journal Thursday.

During her state of the state address Jan. 15, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced her budget plan, which includes a proposal to cut the state’s 10-year, $13.5 billion highway program by roughly $165 million to help balance the state’s budget. The proposed budget also calls for shifting the cost of the Highway Patrol to the road fund.

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.