Funding tax cuts with KDOT funds will hurt Kansas

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February 15, 2012 - 12:00 AM

One of the ways the Kansas House of Representatives proposes to finance an income tax cut is to transfer money from the Department of Transportation budget to the general fund.

The transfer the House leadership has in mind is at least $159.6 million and may be as much as $180 million, depending on who does the math.

Unfortunately, there is nothing new in this tactic. Legislatures and governors have been using KDOT as a piggy bank for more than two decades. More than $1 billion has been taken from the transportation budget and spent elsewhere. 

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