What do Kansas and the State of Florida have in common? Answer – They are the only 2-states in the country to opt out of the Federal Recreational Trails Program that matches local contributions with Federal dollars to build bike, walking and ATV-paths.
The money for the program comes from fuel taxes. According to Federal studies, a portion of the money comes from taxes on gas-powered off-road vehicles used on recreational paths.
Kansas was offered $1.3-million in recreational trails funding. The state will still receive that money after opting out, but it can spend half of it on any other alternative transportation project instead of agreeing to dedicate the full $1.3-million to recreational trails.