State transportation officials are understandably alarmed that the House tax-cut proposal would raid state highway money. “There is a real concern that we wouldn’t be able to deliver projects when we promised them,” said Steve Swartz, spokesman at the Kansas Department of Transportation. The House plan would take more than $350 million over two years that was supposed to go to highway projects and use it to cut income taxes. Raiding highway money isn’t new. Over the past several years, the Legislature has diverted about $1.4 billion from transportation to help cover the state’s budget shortfalls.
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