Construction employment in Kansas fell by 3,400 over the past year, or 5.6 percent, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. That’s worse than all but two states in the nation. In comparison, Kansas’ four neighboring states added a combined 20,000 construction jobs. One big factor in the drop is the more than $2 billion in transportation funds the Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback have raided to help cover the state’s budget shortfalls. In April, Brownback delayed more than $500 million worth of construction projects for up to three years. – Phillip Brownlee
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