State Transportation Secretary Deb Miller
says Kansas has a good foundation to begin a new construction and
maintenance program when the time is right.
But Miller told the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday
that the national economic slowdown and fiscal uncertainty make it
difficult to predict when a new program could be launched.
Miller gave the panel an overview of KDOT's operations and will
speak to senators on Thursday.
Legislators are weighing creation of a new, multiyear plan to
finance transportation improvements. The plan would be a follow-up
to the 10-year, $13 billion program that ended last summer.
But any plan is likely to require a tax increase, and the state
is trying to close a projected revenue shortage of nearly $400
million for the budget year that begins July 1.