Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed a bill that will start the process toward a new transportation plan for the state on Wednesday.
“This is a very important vision statement for the State of Kansas,” said Colyer. “It establishes a joint legislative transportation vision task force. This task force will take input from across the state that looks at our transportation needs as they stand now and where we’re going in the future.”
Given the partnerships between the federal government and state governments historically on highways and President Trump’s desire to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure, Governor Colyer believes the time is ripe for such study at the state level.
“There are a lot of things that are happening on infrastructure,” said Colyer. “We are looking at a federal infrastructure program that could be $1.5 trillion with special programs that are dedicated to the Midwest, or to rural states. How all of these things function overall I think, is something we have to look at so we’ll understand. I think that having a group like this allows those things to be explored.”
Colyer was asked if that meant that the state would at some point allow the portion of sales tax reserved for KDOT to return to it. He did not comment on that issue specifically.