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Kansas Opts Out of Federal Recreational Trails Program

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.

About Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".