Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius wants truckers and
four-wheelers who use the state's turnpike to pay for a backlog of building
maintenance projects at seven state universities.
According to information on the governor's Web site,
Sebelius has proposed raising tolls on the Kansas Turnpike by up to 5 percent a
year for each of the next seven years, which she says will generate more than
OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer told "Land Line
Now" on XM Satellite Radio that using toll roads to fund projects that are
unrelated to transportation is "misguided."
"Clearly, highway funds should be used for highways, rather
than any other purpose," Spencer said. "While it's tempting for elected
officials to look at revenue streams as a way to fund other activities, it's
that kind of thinking that undermines our highway system. It certainly will in
Kansas, and it certainly has all around the country."
Spencer said it is the duty of elected officials to promote
responsible spending, and the duty of concerned citizens to make sure officials
are doing just that.
A call to the Kansas governor's office for comment had not
been returned as of press time.
- By Reed Black, staff