Bill Would Abolish Kansas Turnpike Authority

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Turnpike Authority would be abolished and its powers and functions shifted to the state Department of Transportation under a bill before the Legislature.

State Rep. Bill Feuerborn of Garnett says he's proposing the change as a way to deal with the state's huge budget deficit. Feuerborn is the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.

He said Monday that turnpike tolls could be used as a ``revenue stream'' for state government. Besides, he says, establishment of the authority had envisioned that its operations would be turned over to the state once the cost of building the highway had been paid.

Turnpike spokeswoman Lisa Callahan acknowledges that while the original debt to build the turnpike has been paid, the authority has continued borrowing funds to make improvements.

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