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Step one in making the turnpike as bad as the typical road in Missouri. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Just another day in Brownbackistan.
That is what I thought too.... conservatism is all about small government, and yet, Brownback wants highway to be part of the government?
"On Friday, he said the state may be able to save money by sharing engineers, facilities and making some changes on bonding. He said he was going to form a focus group in the next several weeks to study the issue."
Act first, attempt to understand later.
Hooray for dumb decisions!
This guy is literally destroying our State!
Another example of a country founded by geniouses and run by idiots. Anything run by the government sucks. One of the best roads in the country will now become "one of the rest"
Is their ever any debate on any of these bills or does Brownback just tell them what he wants and they pass it and he signs it into law. What a corrupt government. It will take 50 years to undo what he has done in 3 years. I'm glad that I don't live in kansas anymore but I pity my kids and grandkids. I can't even hardly stand to look at that grin on his face.
One of the very best roadways in the country, in a few years you will think you a driving on I-70 over in Missouti, bad move there Gov.
To all of the above. You have no idea what this decision means and no idea whether or not it will be a successful one. But you do sound like a bunch of whiners.
1southernjayhawk 1 minute ago
"To all of the above. You have no idea what this decision means and no idea whether or not it will be a successful one. But you do sound like a bunch of whiners."
Based on the quotes from the people making the decision in which they admit they cannot identify where the $30 million in alleged savings will come from, neither do they. And since we are engaging in childish name-calling, you sound like an apologist for a corrupt governor.
Well said. Morale is not good at KDOT right now, but there is tons of work to do and being done by KDOT'ers as it's in the middle of an $8 Billion Transportation program, "T-Works" that the previous Secretary, with collaboration from the legislature and Kansas public was successful at getting approved. Engineering and technician positions that move on, or that retire are not being filled at KDOT! Do more with less and less. It's getting tougher and tougher to do the job with less people and less experienced people, but KDOT is....for now.
Probaby will require contracting with more consultants to oversee/manage other consultants.
He only did this so he could get his hands on the Turnpike's revenue, and make it look like there is more money for roads than actually exists.
i am a little bit surprised the governor settled on the amount of $30 million as predicted savings. he could have just as easily chosen $100 million as his predicted savings.
I just read Jill Docking's blog ( http://www.dockingblog.com/ ) and sent her an email message ( email@example.com ) of support. If she's willing to run against Sam Brownback, I will contribute to and work for her campaign. I'm a lifelong Democrat and I agree we must create a political alliance with our fellow Democrats, independents, and disaffected moderate Republicans if we are to have any chance of stopping this neo-conservative train wreck from destroying our beautiful state.
Stealing from Peter to pay Paul that is the way our govenor works won't be long till the cash cow is gone then what will he do.
See "Peter, Paul, and Kansas" ( http://www.dockingblog.com/ ) reprinted from the April 17, 2013 edition of the Pittsburg Morning Sun.
The "savings" is going to come from sharing engineers and workers which equals unemployment! All they talk about is how we need job creation but are so willing to take steps where people end up losing their jobs. Do not know how they sleep at night.
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