Legislator predicts gridlock in Topeka

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January 9, 2019 - 10:34 AM

County commissioners presented six individual awards to employees for their long years of service to Allen County. Pictured from left are Shannon Patterson, Donna Kovacic, Commissioners Jerry Daniels, Bill King and John Brocker, Deb Regehr and Sheriff Bryan Murphy.

After describing the increased disrepair affecting many of the county’s secondary roads — a consequence of the construction project currently jamming parts of U.S. 169 — Allen County commissioners were able to secure a verbal pledge from Sen. Caryn Tyson, who said that she would do everything in her power to see that the Kansas Department of Transportation provides funding assistance to Allen County for the restoration of its heavily-trafficked byways.

That was the good news. The bad? Asked what else Kansans can expect from the upcoming legislative session, Tyson was blunt: gridlock, she prophesied. “We all know we have a new governor and we have a few new legislators, including a couple of new senators.” She continued: “So the dynamics of the bodies have changed but the overall personalities are the same, which is a little discouraging.”

Sen. Tyson, a conservative Republican from Parker — who will retain her position as the chair of the Assessment and Taxation committee when the Legislature convenes on Monday — visited with commissioners Tuesday morning.

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