A new poll says that 86 percent of Kansas voters agree that investing in roads and bridges is a wise investment of taxpayer dollars.
TOPEKA - A recent poll finds that Kansas voters do not agree with how state leaders are spending taxpayer dollars – specifically, the sweeping of $2.7 billion away from the Kansas Department of Transportation to the general fund over the last six years.
Conducted by the Kansas Contractors Association from Nov. 20 through Nov. 22, the poll found:
· 86 percent agree that investing in our highways, bridges and roads helps create jobs and is a wise investment of public funds
· 63 percent say that the legislature has not adequately funded road programs
· 59 percent say roads are in poor condition and need repair
“The numbers don’t lie; $2.7 billion has been swept from transportation funding to the state’s general fund and voters are taking notice,” said KCA Executive Vice President, Bob Totten. “This is just the most recent poll to show Kansans believe their roads and bridges are in dire need of repair.”
For every one-dollar invested in roads and bridges $5.20 is returned in economic benefit. Research has shown that well-designed road and bridge investments, such as the Transportation Works for Kansas program, can raise economic growth, productivity and land values, while also providing significant improvement to areas such as economic development.
“By leaving roads and bridges in disrepair, we are damaging the Kansas economy and that damage will not be easy to undo,” Totten said. “Kansas, a leader in global agriculture, depends on our roads and bridges to haul heavy loads transporting commerce daily. The structural integrity of our roads and bridges is necessary to take products to market and subsequently feed the world. Hungry mouths all over the globe are depending on our transportation system. We can't let them down.”
About Kansas Contractors Association
The Kansas Contractors Association, a heavy, highway utility construction association, has been strongly involved in the building of a better Kansas since 1923 and has more than 235 companies as members. Working together, its members promote a better industry by advancing their level of skill, integrity and responsibility while improving the quality of life in Kansas communities. For more information visit www.savekansasroads.com.