Senate President Wants Transportation Plan Despite Economy

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Senate President Steve Morris wants to push ahead with consideration next year of a comprehensive transportation plan.

The Hugoton Republican says the plan is needed even though the state faces financial problems that some officials believe are worse than anything since the Great Depression.

He said the plan would have to start slow because of the economy and it would be hard to find money for it.

Morris said he didn't want contractors to start downsizing if there's no plan to replace the 10-year transporation plan that ends next summer. He said such a plan would fit nicely with President-elect Barack Obama's plan to dramatically ramp up infrastructure spending to help boost the crippled economy.

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