Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Login |  Register 
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
 
KSCB Radio News US National Business Health & Science Political World Sports Top NPR Headlines Sports National Headlines
SW Kansas Chambers of Commerce Meet in Liberal to Discuss Highway Project
04/15/2010

Lobbyist Pat Hurley addresses over 50 people at the Depot in Liberal on Thursday concerning the new highway bill HB 2650.

Over fifty people were in attendance on Thursday morning at the Depot in Liberal as the Southwest Kansas Chambers of Commerce hosted a presentation and discussion meeting concerning a new transportation bill. The SW Kansas Chambers of Commerce includes Dodge City, Garden City, Grant County, and Liberal.

Economic Lifelines who is a statewide coalition of organizations and community groups which provide grassroots support for Transportation Programs is helping with informing citizens along with the Kansas Transportation Online Community (KTOC) about implementing a new transportation bill.

Paul Joseph who is from Garden City is the President of the SW Kansas Chambers of Commerce opened up the event by introducing Pat Hurley who is an attorney and lobbyist for Economic Lifelines. Hurley gave one of two power points that were given during the meeting.

The first presentation included a three minute video which showed pictures and clips of many different highways in the state which are in poor shape.

The Kansas Transportation Link (T-Link) feels they have found a solution with bill HB 2650 which will span over ten years and cost $8.2 billion. T-Link says the state would need 11.5 billion to completely fix every highway that needs improvements. If the state were to just maintain status quo with the current highway conditions the cost would be $4 billion.

Economic Lifelines stressed that not only will this plan fix highways for much needed safety, but that it will also spark revenue to the state. T-Link projects that the state of Kansas will begin bringing in revenue by 2013 with the passage of this bill. The negative is before the revenue comes in the cost will be $250 million, which will have to come from a state budget that is already very strapped down.

The bill if passed will fund adding on to highways and improving the ones in bad shape. It will also funnel money to aviation and railroad. The new plan would create a .3% sales tax. T-Link says without the passage of the bill that the transportation department will have zero funding for any type of modernization or enhancement project. The group stressed that back in 1989 and 1999 that transportation programs were the single largest economic development in the state and that no other state program impacted the economy in a more positive way.

T-Link projects the ten year program would over time create 100,000 jobs, reduce local pressure to increase property taxes, and help communities grow and prosper.

The Economic Lifeline group urged citizens to contact your local legislature to urge them to support HB 2650. For more information visit www.economiclifelines.com.

© Copyright KSCB News
You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
Arrest Made In Death After Altercation At National Beef
Huge Demethanizer Transport Making It's Way Through Liberal
U.S. Energy Secretary Lauds Abengoa in Hugoton
Liberal City Commission Meets, Says Goodbye To Retiring Firefighter
Four LHS Girls Qualify for State Golf
Correction:Brownback To Make A Stop In Liberal
Hugoton One of Three Innovative School Districts in Kansas
Friday's Scores
Folk Concert Coming To SCCC/ATS
480 Board Announces Names for New Schools
Click Here For All Stories

LATEST STORIES
Hutch Continues their Conference Dominance in Volleyball
Four LHS Girls Compete at State
Great Bend Dampens Liberal's WAC Title Hopes
480 Board Announces Names for New Schools
Saints Squeeze Past Dodge
Advance Voting Begins in Seward County
Aggies Grind Out Fifth Victory
Redskins Win North Cup
Huge Demethanizer Transport Making It's Way Through Liberal
Eat at Spencer Browne's Coffee Shop on Oct. 20 for United Way
Click Here For All Stories
Click Here for KSCB Talk Radio 1270 am
Click Here for B107.5
Click Here for The Legend 102.7
click Here for ozzBlog
Click Here for the Emergency Alert Hanbook

©2014 Seward County Broadcasting Company, Inc.
1410 N. Western Ave. Liberal, KS 67901

Emergency Alert System | EEO Public Report Form | The Public and Broadcasting

Powered by Radio Media Group