Kansas state budget, which would withhold $95 million from
highway projects, won tentative approval from the state's
Senate today, The Associated Press reported Feb. 5.
her state of the state address Jan. 15, newly elected Kansas
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced her budget plan, which then
included 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.
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 – according
to media reports.
soon after that, the state's transportation secretary, Deb
Miller, told The Topeka Capital-Journal that increased
motor fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees passed last
year in Kansas should make up for any cuts in highway funding.
version of the budget includes a deficit, The AP reported;
the House passed a version that balances the budget and requires
Kansas to pay back the highway funds by 2005.