Governor to sign highway bill today
TOPEKA — Gov. Mark Parkinson today will sign into law an $8.2 billion, 10-year transportation plan.
It will be funded by borrowing up to $1.7 billion through bond sales, a portion of proceeds from a sales tax increase and increased registration fees on trucks.
Supporters of the plan say it will help lift the state’s economy by producing jobs, but opponents said it will saddle future generations with debt.
In anticipation of the bill signing, the Kansas Department of Transportation announced last week that $86.5 million in highway projects were back on track after having been suspended in March because of budget cuts.
The new plan represents the third time Kansas has passed comprehensive transportation plans. The first was in 1989, and the second was in 1999.
Parkinson scheduled an official signing this morning at Phillip Billard Municipal Airport in Topeka, followed by a ceremonial signing in Pittsburg, and two more Wednesday in Kansas City, Kan., and Wichita.