A Reader Views letter writer on todayâ€™s Opinion pages puts forth two of the most persistent notions in Kansas — that the Kansas Turnpike would one day be toll-free and that the Kansas Lottery would fund public schools.
Any thinking that the turnpike, built in 22 months and opened Oct. 25, 1956, would end up a freeway was put to rest by its initial lower-than-projected revenues. Over the years, more bonding has occurred to pay for improvements. No tax dollars support the turnpike.
Though 70 percent of Kansans in a 1985 survey favored using lottery money for public education, the law that passed the Legislature and won votersâ€™ support the next year earmarked the revenue for statewide reappraisal, economic development and prison construction.
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