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House gives preliminary OK to bill requiring cooperation between Kansas Turnpike Authority, KDOT

It's the build it and forget it mind set. That is the problem nationally with our infrastructure. Too many people think you just build it and you're done. A good example is the county bridges in Kansas. Over 600 are more than 100 years old and about 12,000 more are at least 75 years old. The expected service life of a bridge is 50-75 years. In todays dollars it would cost about $2 billion to bring all the deficient county bridges back up to current safety standards.

March 10, 2013 at 9:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback budget director apologizes for numbers error

The Wichita Eagle called them on it last week. It amazes me that most of the newspapers in the state including the Eagle-Beacon, Hays paper, and the KC Star do not support Brownback and have called him out on many issues yet the sheep in this state continue to blindly follow him and the other conservative Republicans.

February 19, 2013 at 5:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sound Off: Tree branches

I've had the same problem. I've read the instructions on the website and tried making shorter bundles, smaller diameter bundles, putting them in a bag, and tying them with different twine and string, but I still haven't figured out the trick. They just don't take them and you can't get anyone to tell you what you are doing wrong so you can change it. It isn't consistent sometimes you can do it the same way two times in a row and one week they will be picked up and the next they are left.

February 15, 2013 at 7:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Transportation secretary has no specifics on savings if agency takes over turnpike

It looks like another power grab by Brownback. The legislation that created the KTA set it up as a quasi-public organization. The governor does not have direct authority over it like he does KDOT. He appoints 3 of the 5 members of the board of directors but 2 are members of the legislature. If it can be brought into KDOT then he gains more power.

February 6, 2013 at 3:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Transportation secretary has no specifics on savings if agency takes over turnpike

What, you think that need to know something about your department to be a cabinet secretary in the Brownback administration? A man with a fake IT degree can be the CIO. Who needs education professionals on the committee studying education? Name one cabinet secretary who knows anything about their department. You only need to be in lock step with Sam and a friend of the Koch's. Why actually know anything?

February 6, 2013 at 6:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sound Off: Sign miles

Does it make you feel better about yourself to put someone else down like that? Exactly how large do you think that salary might be? State employees haven't had a raise in over 10 years. The engineers with the state make 30-40% less than those in similar positions in the private sector and significantly less than state employees in neighboring states. At one time Kansas drew engineers in from the other states in the region and now they are leaving for Oklahoma, Texas, and even Missouri. BTW-there are numerous ways that the distances for those signs are determined and it changes over time. As someone else above mentioned it is often measured to the downtown area.

February 3, 2013 at 3:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Labor groups suffer blow in Kansas House

Your spelling ability tells me all I need to know about you.

January 31, 2013 at 9:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Knology customers report outages in west Lawrence

It's the lesser of 2 evils for sure. I've had the Gold Internet 50 mbps since they were still Sunflower. About 3-4 monts ago I noticed it seemed much slower so I ran a speedtest and found I was consistently getting only 20-25 mbps. After I called they sent out a tech who couldn't find anything, but the speed mysteriously went back up to 50 immediately.

January 24, 2013 at 5:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback plans to transfer highway funds to schools, merge Kansas Turnpike Authority raise questions

The Federal share of a project is 80% and state 20% so he is potentially giving up $1.225 Billion in Federal funds.

January 17, 2013 at 9:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Brownback plans to transfer highway funds to schools, merge Kansas Turnpike Authority raise questions

Don't expect that to last much longer. As Brownback continues to defund the state government the roads will shortly start to deteriorate. It will only take 4 to 5 years at lower funding levels before it become noticeable.

January 17, 2013 at 9:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )