Kansas Contractors Blame Lawmakers for Recent Drop in Construction Jobs

The state lost five percent of their construction jobs in January, which is the highest of any state in the county.

Mon March 21, 2016 - Midwest Edition
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The state lost five percent of their construction jobs in January, which is the highest of any state in the county. But across the state the report shows there's been less projects.
The state lost five percent of their construction jobs in January, which is the highest of any state in the county. But across the state the report shows there's been less projects.

Fox TV News affiliate WDAF is reporting that contractors in Kansas are blaming lawmakers for a recent drop in road construction jobs across the state. A new report shows cuts to road and bridge spending has led to the drop.

The state lost five percent of their construction jobs in January, which is the highest of any state in the county. But across the state the report shows there's been less projects.

According to the department of labor, Kansas is one of only six states in the United States to see a drop in construction since January 2015. One reason why the state has been hurt by jobs is because of the recent drop in coal mining and oil and gas drilling.

The Kansas Contractors Association says more than $2 billion has been taken out of the Kansas Transportation Program to pay for the general budget, and the shortfall is limiting jobs.

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