- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas House members from both parties are concerned about diverting funds from highway projects to general government operations to help close a shortfall in the state’s current budget.

The lawmakers said Tuesday during debate on a budget-balancing bill that they worry the state’s roads and bridges will deteriorate.

The bill contains a proposal from Brownback to divert $158 million from highway projects. Transportation officials acknowledge some projects could be delayed.

Protesting the move were Republican Reps. Don Hill of Emporia and Tom Phillips of Manhattan and Democratic Rep. Adam Lusker of Frontenac.

The state faces a shortfall of more than $330 million in its current budget. Republican leaders believe lawmakers need to approve a bill making adjustments by Feb. 13 to ensure the state pays its bills on time.

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