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KDOT Sec. Miller Addresses Legislature
01/21/2010

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.

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