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Public concerned about raid of highway funds

In a recent survey of 500 likely Kansas voters, 95 percent said it was important for the state to fund its highway and transportation plan. The survey – which was sponsored by Economic Lifelines, a highway construction advocacy group that includes contractors and local chambers of commerce – also found that 69 percent of Kansans oppose the diversion of transportation funds to pay for budget shortfalls. According to Economic Lifelines, about 25 percent of the highway plan funding, or more than $2 billion, has been used to help plug revenue shortfalls in the state’s budget. – Phillip Brownlee