Excavating the Issues

Apr 10
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. 
Jan 27
Construction industry representatives last Friday received an important update on KDOT's projections of income and expenditures from Kansas Secretary of Transportation Mike King and State Transportation Engineer Jerry Younger. The presentation highlights drastic reductions in the T-Works program that are cause for alarm, but the HCA is working with industry partners to keep T-Works fully funded and delivering the projects and jobs that were promised. For more details please click "READ MORE" to view the full memo from Executive Director Edward DeSoignie and the accompanying slide show.
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Oct 12
Photo courtesy of KDoT
As part of more major improvements to the busy 435 corridor in southern Johnson County, crews from Clarkson Construction this summer detonated sophisticated explosives to demolish the aging Roe Bridge structures, in order to make way for wider lanes and a new, “diverging diamond” interchange. Crews placed a bed of dirt under the bridges before the blast, to help protect the pavement on 435 below, so that the rubble could be cleared quickly and interruptions to traffic minimized.
Jun 20

In the face of ongoing challenges, the Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City and our allies are determined to mount a successful campaign for approval of the Missouri transportation sales tax increase, which is coming up for a vote Aug. 5.

We were relieved when the General Assembly approved a ballot measure for a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose a three-fourth-cent sales tax to pay for transportation improvements. The increase would provide more than $5 billion over 10 years for Missouri's critical transportation needs.

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