Kansas Works on New Road Plan Without Hope of Funds

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislators are working on developing a new state transportation plan to replace the 10-year program that ends June 30.

But they acknowledge they have no hope of finding the money for a long-term program.

The House and Senate Transportation committees are settling for a policy statement in favor of a new plan and starting the discussion about how to finance it.

The Senate committee had a hearing Friday on a bill raising sales and motor fuels taxes and increase vehicle registration fees to support $17.7 billion worth of spending over 10 years.

But Chairman Dwayne Umbarger, a Thayer Republican, says it will be held over study this summer and fall.

The House Transportation Committee endorsed a bill committing the state to a new plan, but with no way to pay for it.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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