DALLAS – Progress on Kansas’s 10-year, $7.8 billion highway program will slow to a crawl if state lawmakers allow a sales tax to expire and divert transportation funds to other purposes, Transportation Secretary Mike King said Monday.

The House Committee on Taxation has approved an amended version of Senate Bill 84 that would divert revenues from a 0.4% sales tax dedicated to the Kansas Department of Transportation into the general fund in fiscal 2014 and 2015.

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