Government
1:19 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Gov. Brownback Wants To Use Highway Dollars For School Busing

Gov. Sam  Brownback would like to use some the state's highway dollars to help cover the cost of bussing children to and from public schools.

Brownback proposed Wednesday that the state divert $193 million normally set aside for highway projects to school transportation programs during the next two fiscal years. The diversion would be almost $97 million each year.

Brownback's administration said the state still will complete the 10-year, $8 billion transportation program that it started in 2010. When the state has faced budget problems in the past, it has used highway funds to support general government programs.