A turnpike merger by any other name?

“It is not a merger. It is not a money grab,” said Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover, about a Senate-passed bill that would make the secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation also the chairman of the Kansas Turnpike Authority. But other lawmakers aren’t buying that. “Trust me, it’s a merger. KDOT will be running the turnpike,” said Sen. Les Donovan, R-Wichita. Donovan’s opinion of the Senate vote: “This is a sad day in the state of Kansas.”