Emma O’Brien
August 9, 2022



Topeka, KS – With the general election in full swing, Kansans have less than three months until they will start casting their ballots for Governor in Kansas. The two candidates running – Governor Laura Kelly and Derek Schmidt – couldn’t be more different, especially when looking at their respective track records on funding our infrastructure.

“Under Sam Brownback and Derek Schmidt, over 1,000 miles of Kansas highways were neglected and over $500 million in construction projects were delayed while highway funds were used to fill budget holes brought on by the ‘tax experiment,’” said Emma O’Brien, spokesperson for the KDP. “Meanwhile, Governor Kelly brought Kansas’ infrastructure into the 21st Century by ensuring money meant for our roads and bridges – actually goes towards our roads and bridges.’”

Here are the facts: 

On infrastructure: 

  • Governor Kelly:
    • Officially closed the “Bank of KDOT,” ending the reckless budget practice started under Sam Brownback of stealing funds meant for the Kansas Highway Fund to fill budget holes;
    • Rebuilt Kansas’ highways, roads, and bridges by starting over 1,000 infrastructure projects across the state;
    • Moved all T-WORKS projects to the construction pipeline – these projects were abandoned by Sam Brownback’s administration;
    • Helped bring Kansas’ infrastructure into the 21st Century by investing in high-speed internet across the state, ensuring all Kansans can get connected no matter where they live or work
    • Was the first Governor in Kansas history to ever allocate funding in the state budget for high-speed internet.
  • Derek Schmidt:
    • Stood by Sam Brownback as he stole $2 billion from the Kansas Highway Fund to fill budget holes caused by the “tax experiment,” causing a delay of $500 million in KDOT projects and the loss of construction jobs.
    • Twisted logic to defend Brownback’s tax cuts and extreme economic theories, claiming that, “if you read the letter of the law … it doesn’t say there has to be a balanced budget.” This allowed the stealing of funds from KDOT to manage Kansas’ budget.