A proposal by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to use a large
turnpike toll increase to pay for building upkeep at state universities appears
to be dead in the water.
According to the Hutchinson
News, the proposal has come under strong attack by both Republicans and
State Senate Budget Committee Chairman Dwayne Umbarger,
R-Thayer, told "Land Line Now" on XM Satellite Radio the legislature needs to
come up with some way to pay for a $600 million backlog of maintenance at the
schools - but that it doesn't look like the governor's plan will fly.
"It's legitimate, but (the tolling plan) has received a lot
of opposition because they feel that money needs to be a designated source of
revenue for road improvement," Umbarger said. "It's hard to argue against
If the governor's proposed toll increases had been phased
in, the toll for most tractor-trailers to travel the full length of the
turnpike would increase from just about $26 to a little more than $38.
?- By Reed Black, staff