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Highway Robbery

By David Norlin
Analysis | January 9, 2016

Kansas citizens are indebted, twice. They owe a debt of gratitude to Ed Flentje and Insight Kansas, for fully reporting their other debt.

Their other debt, in dollars, totals $4.5 billion with a B, to be exact. That debt will be paid by them and their children for untold years to come -courtesy of their "conservative" leaders.

Says Exodus 34:7, "the sins of the legislature shall be visited on their children and their children's children, unto the third and the fourth generation." Or something like that.

By now, Kansans should be used to the dark-of-night skullduggery perpetrated by those who pose as leaders, but are really mere lackeys for the big-bucks-boys.

Six lines buried deep in a 700-page appropriation bill last spring gave the Kansas Department of Transportation unlimited authority to issue debt. KDOT borrowed $400 million, the largest single highway bond in state history. For roads, allegedly.

But in December, the Guv and KDOT bank silently 'swept' said $400 million into the general fund, for a total of $436 million last year. Bad as that is, they have been at it for awhile. Total Brownback raids of KDOT: $1.6 billion. And get this: KDOT can continue borrowing without further authorization for the next year and a half!

So much for their old saw about living on the family budget. It's time to put your friendly local legislator on notice.

Adding insult to injury, $400 mill is a mere finger in the dike of the $700 million hole Sam's unfair and indefensible tax program has created so far.

We Kansas plains folk have a plain and simple name for this--highway robbery!

Back in the frontier's darker days, we knew what to do with such brigands. Today, we just elect 'em.

Until next time.



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