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Kansas Governor's Plan Delays Future Highway Projects

A stretch of Kansas roadway in northeast Kansas. (Photo by J. Schafer)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback's latest budget-balancing proposals divert $385 million from state highway projects over three years, and transportation officials say some future projects will at least be delayed.  Brownback released a plan today (FRI) to divert $151 million from highway projects to general government programs in the current budget. That's $55 million more than the $96 million he proposed in December.  He proposed diverting an additional $115 million during the 2016 fiscal year beginning in July and $115 million again during fiscal 2017.  The state Department of Transportation said projects already scheduled under a 10-year, $8 billion highway program will not be affected. The program started in 2010.  But department spokesman Steve Swartz said $297 million in projects will at least be delayed. The projects haven't been identified or scheduled.

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