State hitting up locals to help fund road projects

The message at a state transportation summit last week in Emporia was that local governments will have to share more of the cost of major road projects. It’s understandable that the state wants to leverage its spending and evaluate road projects based in part on economic impact. But would it have to be off-loading more costs on locals if the Legislature hadn’t in recent years treated the state transportation fund as a giant piggy bank to help cover budget shortfalls and finance tax cuts?