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Economic Lifelines Update
Important Upcoming Dates Jan. 11th2016 Legislative Session BeginsJan. 12thGovernor's State of the State AddressJan. 13thGovernor's Budget ReleasedJan. 14thEconomic Lifelines Board Meeting3 p.m. at 800 SW Jackson in Topeka
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Economic Lifelines Members-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:
KAKEKansas City Star
KWCHGroup warns transfers from highway fund could affect roads
Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and hope to see all of you on January 14th.With Every Good Wish;Michael JohnstonChief Executive Officer