Poll shows overwhelming support for T-WORKS

on 10 April 2015
April 6, 2015                                                                                                                            

Mandy Miller

Poll shows overwhelming support for T-WORKS
TOPEKA- Kansans believe T-WORKS, the state's 10 year, $8.2 billion transportation program, should be a top priority in the Kansas budget, according to a poll released today. 
In a random sample of five hundred likely voters in the state of Kansas, 95 percent believe T-WORKS should be fully funded by the Kansas Legislature with 69 percent opposing the diversion of transportation funds to pay for budget shortfalls.
T-WORKS was passed in 2010 and with the bulk of funding coming from a 4/10 cent sales tax that lawmakers continue to transfer to other areas of the budget to the tune of $2.1 billion through fiscal year 2017.
"This poll shows what we have long believed, that Kansans support a first rate transportation system and they expect their tax dollars to be used transparently for the purpose in which they were intended," said Johnnie Koger, Co-Chair of Economic Lifelines.  "The highway funds are being drained at a rate of just over $1 million per day in the current fiscal year and proposed budget for the next two years."
T-WORKS has proven to be a vital program for all areas of the state, creating needed jobs in what has been a slow growing Kansas economy and providing infrastructure needed to allow economic development.  The program was designed to deliver projects throughout the state, make travel safer, and return more than $10 billion to the Kansas economy.
The poll was conducted March 5-10, 2015 by The Kitchens Group, Orlando, Fla.  The margin of error for this survey is a +/- 4.4 percent with a 95 percent confidence level.