A task force is looking for ways to fund Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s 50-year water plan. And now, the task force appears close to recommending that a small percentage of state sales tax revenue be earmarked for conservation projects -- up to $55 million a year. Representative Tom Sloan, is a Lawrence Republican and a member of the task force. He agrees with the goal but fears the state’s budget problems will make any plan that diverts revenue a tough sell.
The task force met today (MON) in Manhattan during the state’s annual water conference but didn’t finalize its recommendations to the governor and Legislature.
This story was contributed by Jim McLean and Andy Marso, of the KHI News Service in Topeka.