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Dec 23
Economic Lifelines
Stimulating Economic Vitality Through Leadership in Infrastructure Development
212 SW 8th Ave, Suite 200 Topeka, KS 66603
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Jan. 11th
2016 Legislative Session Begins
Jan. 12th
Governor's State of the State Address
Jan. 13th
Governor's Budget Released
Jan. 14th
Economic Lifelines Board Meeting
3 p.m. at 800 SW Jackson in Topeka
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As you know, I have been retained to help with the Economic Lifelines efforts to advance the agenda of our group, namely wise investments in our states infrastructure.  We have a rich history with the CHP in 1989, the CTP in 1999, and now well into the T-WORKS. 
Unfortunately, in recent years, the legislature and governor have used money earmarked for transportation to help balance the state general fund budget------$319.076,777 in FY15, $279,794301 in FY 16, and $268,041,359 in FY17.  Even more alarming, of the $1.394B in new transfers since FY 2011, $990M has been funded by new KDOT debt.
As a result, there is much to discuss and I have scheduled a meeting of Economic Lifelines on January 14, 2016, which will be after the Governor addresses the legislature and his proposed budget is available.  We will meet at the offices of the Kansas Contractors Association at 3:00 p.m., located at 800 SW Jackson in Topeka. 
In The News
Economic Lifelines has worked to raise public awareness of the money being transferred out of KDOT, the increased amount of bonds being sold and it's impact on T-WORKS. Here is some of the coverage transportation has received:

Hays Post

Hutchinson News

Kansas City Star



Group warns transfers from highway fund could affect roads

Lawrence Journal-World

Salina Journal

Topeka Capital-Journal

Wichita Eagle
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Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and hope to see all of you on January 14th.
With Every Good Wish;
Michael Johnston
Chief Executive Officer
Oct 30
See the MoDOT Tentative Paving Quantities in the 2016-2017 STIP in the Members Only Section.

2016-2017 Annual Paving Report

Sep 02
September 1, 2015

Skill, responsibility and safety are paramount in the construction and repair of highways, bridges, utility trenches and other jobs involving "heavy" work and equipment. Member companies of The Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City have been recognized for their efforts with workers’ safety. 

The Association recently named the recipients of its annual Heavy Constructors Association Safety Awards, which are earned by those member companies who have achieved the lowest workplace incident rate among Association contractors in their class. The incident rate is based on data reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

Edward DeSoignie, Executive Director of the Association, points out that the awards are more than just decoration for the member company’s walls. “The Safety Awards are given each year to recognize the attention and efforts devoted to worker safety by our member companies,” he explained.  This year’s recipients are:

Class A (More than 400,000 annual work hours):
Clarkson Construction Company, Kansas City, MO.

Class B (200,000 to 399,999 annual work hours):
Musselman & Hall Contractors, Kansas City, MO.

Class C (100,000 to 199,999 annual work hours):
O’Donnell & Sons Construction, Overland Park, KS;

Class D (50,000 to 99,999 annual work hours):
Leavenworth Excavating & Equipment Company-LEXECO, Leavenworth, KS;

Class E (50,000 or less annual work hours):
Julius Kaaz Construction, Leavenworth, KS.
CONTACT: Edward DeSoignie, Executive Director
Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City