Kansas transportation officials reassure lawmakers on budget

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas transportation officials are reassuring state lawmakers that they will not be forced to cut projects, despite major drops in funding.

Gov. Sam Brownback has recommended transferring state transportation funds into general state coffers to fill shortfalls over the next three years. A total of $412 million would be transferred in fiscal year 2015 and $362 million in both 2016 and 2017 under his recommendations.

Transportation Secretary Mike King told the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that the department will be forced to delay some projects to preserve roads and bridges in the state. But King says the department expects to have the funds to complete those projects by 2020.

He says the department also will supplement its funds next year by issuing $250 million in bonds.

 

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