Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback says his proposal to merge the Kansas Turnpike Authority with the state Department of Transportation would save $30 million over the next two years.
The Republican governor built those savings into the budget he released Wednesday.
Brownback announced his proposal Tuesday evening during the State of the State address, saying Kansas doesn't need two transportation agencies.
His goals became clearer with the release of his budget proposals.
Brownback projects that the merger would save $15 million a year, and his budget recommendations assume that those dollars will be available for use elsewhere.
The Department of Transportation oversees more than 10,000 miles of highway and thousands of bridges. The state created the turnpike authority in the 1950s to manage what so far is the state's only toll road.