Kansas Secretary of Transportation Mike King is asking lawmakers not to touch one of KDOT’s funding sources.
Lawmakers will be looking for ways to fill a budget gap, and the money could be attractive. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, four-tenths of a percent of the state sales tax goes to KDOT for road projects.
Secretary King says the sales tax funding is a steady source of income, which is important when they’re borrowing money.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has officially started his second term in office.
He highlighted what he calls a "crisis of the family" during his inauguration speech.
Stephen Koranda reports...
Brownback mentioned what he called “economic problems” in Kansas, but said the solutions are cultural and moral. He says issues of character and morality are connected to other challenges facing Kansas.
Workers with the Kansas Geological Survey are hitting the road this month to check groundwater levels in central and western Kansas.
Rex Buchanan, with the KGS, says lessening drought conditions may lead to less aquifer depletion then they’ve seen in recent years. He says irrigation is one of the main uses of water from the aquifer.
“The more it rains, the less you have to irrigate. The less it rains, the more you have to irrigate. In dry years, because there’s less water available naturally, people irrigate more,” says Buchanan