Is the annual raiding of state highway funds by the Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback finally catching up? A Kansas Department of Transportation document last month projected that the highway fund could have an ending balance of only $6.9 million by fiscal year 2017. Typically, the ending balance exceeds $100 million. Now a new survey has ranked Kansas as having the fifth worst rural roads in the nation. According to the study by Trip, a national transportation research group, 30 percent of the pavement on rural roads in Kansas is rated as poor. – Phillip Brownlee
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