Wichita to Topeka: Don’t rob transportation funding

As the Kansas House prepares for a Monday debate on tax reform, including a move to phase out the state income tax, here’s hoping lawmakers pay attention to pleas such as the resolution passed last week by the Wichita City Council. City leaders strongly oppose the House GOP bill’s plan to divert $350 million in state transportation funding, warning it could result “in project delays, cost increases and the loss of economic development locally and statewide.” Of greatest concern in Wichita: that it could further delay the sorely needed Kellogg upgrades at I-235 and Webb. On Wednesday the Sedgwick County Commission will consider the same resolution, which calls on the House to reject the diversion of transportation funding “as it continues its search for meaningful tax reform.”