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Brownback approves 3 highway projects

February 12, 2011


— Gov. Sam Brownback has approved three major highway projects.

The projects Brownback announced Friday include an estimated $115 million in improvements to U.S. 69 and Interstate 435 interchanges in Overland Park, completion of the four-lane extension of Kansas 18 from Ogden to Manhattan, estimated at $98 million, and the improvement of U.S. 50 in Reno County, estimated at $46 million.

The Hutchinson News reports that the three are the first major projects under the 10-year T-WORKS transportation program the Kansas Legislature approved last May.

Officials expect to announce other projects by summer.


tomatogrower 6 years, 1 month ago

It's funny that this story in the print edition was tucked away in the back, surrounded by lots of ads. I guess he will be providing lots of jobs for the uneducated children he is cutting off.

Fixing highways can probably be put off a couple of years, but how do you fix the lost services in education, even if it is a temporary loss? How do you tell the classroom teacher that she will have a child with lots of special needs in her classroom of 30 other students, but no para to help? How do you tell the students who need help, because their parents are too wrapped up in the TV to help them, that there is only so much 1 person can do to teach 30 kids. He/she can't help everyone.

But that's not important, repaving a road that's probably ok, and making some contractor rich is far more important. Years ago, in the 70's I knew the son of one of those contractors. They were redoing I35. He said they used material that guaranteed that the road would need to be redone in 10 years, even though there was material that would make it last a lot longer. After all, how else would his dad make money? Of course his dad was filthy rich, and his son was a spoiled brat who didn't work a day in his life.

notajayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

So, it's okay for Dear Leader to use $53 billion of our money to build trains in California, but it's a heinous crime for our governor to fix our local highways.

Oh, forgot the lib/Dem mantra: "But ... but ... but ... but that's different!"

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

If he'd reduce all three of these projects by 5%, they could almost certainly be built as designed, and the savings would fund both the Kansas Arts Commission and KNI for the next ten years.

Clearly, Brownback is goring the oxen he finds politically palatable, and making petty political statements by cutting any programs that will satisfy his petty base, particular the Koch brothers.

notajayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

"Clearly, Brownback is goring the oxen he finds politically palatable"

Why, you mean - he's [shudder] actually spending money on things that are wanted - and eliminating programs that aren't - by the people the elected him to the governor's office??? [GASP!} Oh, the horror, the horror!!!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

Wanted by whom? The Koch brothers, or other rich donors? Why yes, I believe you may be right.

notajayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

Why, thank you, boohoohoozo! I never would have realized what an affluent state Kansas is! Why, imagine that, 530,760 people in this state are either brothers of the Koch's or they're rich!

Why don't we put it another way, boohoohoohoozo: 'NOT wanted by who? The tiny, insignificant whiny fringe voters of Larryville? Why yes, I believe you may be right.' There, fixed that for ya', Herr Klowne.

weeslicket 6 years, 1 month ago

i'm confused again. is highway maintenance required by the state constitution of kansas??

suitable? equitable? substantial? practical? fundable?

(and why do you keep calling people names, and engaging in bullying behaviors. physician: heal thyself)

weeslicket 6 years, 1 month ago

what i find fascinating about the arguments of notajayhawk and liberty1: is that neither have never:

recieved a public education. perhaps even loans or grants in that direction.

driven on public roads. or had the public roads (that they have never, ever used) cleared of snow. or walked upon public sidewalks. or disposed of their waste products all by their lonesome. or ever used a national postal service.

they have never, ever recieved emergency treatment due to an "unexpected event". (well. at least not so far)

have never depended upon the military forces to defend them. (perhaps they defended their own land with a musket and musket-balls melted down from kitchen utensils, and also children's toys).

nope. none of that crap counts.

weeslicket 6 years, 1 month ago

well, thank you for the name-calling. (btw: name-calling never wins the argument)

old argument? nope.
winning argument.

rub your face in that.

weeslicket 6 years, 1 month ago

you got to this before i did. quite correct.

weeslicket 6 years, 1 month ago

are those yellow bricks made out of gold??

Mike Ford 6 years, 1 month ago

ever been to Parker, KS? I have.... they have a library in an old gas station building and a nondiscript conveinience store on the northeast side of the town...they place looks decrepit...and this is where Bryllocreme Back came from. He sure does a good job of selling the religion to the dummies doesn't he?

weeslicket 6 years, 1 month ago

do they have any "antique" stores in parsons? (bet they do)

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