Kansas Contractors Association

The Kansas Contractors Association is a professional association of contractors and those who provide supplies and services to the heavy, highway and utility construction industry.   Working together,  our members promote a better industry by advancing their level of skill,  integrity and responsibility while improving the quality of life in our communities. 

  • 19 Feb 2017 2:23 PM | Bob Totten (Administrator)

    Kansas Bridges are again ranked the 7th worst in the nation according to the American Bridge and Transportation Builders of America. 

    The trend is continuing in which Kansas is one of the 7th or 6th worst in the Nation.

    Kansas has over 25,000 bridges and many are structurally deficient and in need of maintenance or more through preservation measures.

    The Lack of maintenance can be attributed to state leaders taking at least $2.7 billion dollars from the highway program  and diverting it to other agencies.

  • 24 Aug 2016 3:26 PM | Bill Tidball (Administrator)

    TOPEKA, KANSAS (August 24, 2016) – Kansas has lost the highest number of construction jobs (-4,400 jobs, -7.3 percent) in the nation over the past 12 months, according to an analysis of United States Department of Labor data released Friday, Aug. 19, by the Associated General Contractors of America. 

    In the past month alone, Kansas dropped .9 percent with 500 jobs lost. Association officials said construction firms that work on infrastructure projects or in parts of the country where the economy is not growing are still struggling to find work to keep their teams busy. 

    Bob Totten, executive vice president of the Kansas Contractors Association, said if Kansas had a sustainable highway program where leaders were not regularly siphoning money away from it to fund the general budget, Kansas would have more construction jobs. 

    “Once again Kansas is ranked highest in the nation for something that could have easily been avoided if state leaders led our state more efficiently and made more sustainable decisions,” Totten said. “Instead, our state’s economy and prosperity are suffering. The simple fact is that constant ‘raids’ on our infrastructure over the past several years is affecting our people and our state’s reputation. This is unacceptable. We must stop making short-sided decisions and work together to restore Kansas.” 

    Other states that also saw a decline in construction jobs between July 2015 and July 2016 include North Dakota (-2,900 jobs, -3.0 percent), Alabama (-2,400 jobs, -3.0 percent), Kentucky (-2,300 jobs, -3.0 percent), Wyoming (-1,700 jobs, -7.5 percent) and Maine (- 1,500 jobs, -5.7 percent). 

    States that added the most construction jobs were California (29,100 jobs, 4.0 percent), Florida (26,400 jobs, 6.1 percent), Colorado (16,100 jobs, 10.9 percent) and Iowa (12,800 jobs, 16.5 percent). 

    View the complete state employment data by rank and state, or the state employment map. 

    About Kansas Contractors Association 

    The Kansas Contractors Association, a heavy, highway utility construction association, has been strongly involved in the building of a better Kansas since 1923 and has more than 235 companies as members. Working together, its members promote a better industry by advancing their level of skill, integrity and responsibility while improving the quality of life in Kansas communities. For more information visit www.kansascontractors.org. 

  • 17 Mar 2016 3:15 PM | Bill Tidball (Administrator)

    TOPEKA, KS (March 17, 2016) – According to analysis of United States Department of Labor data released this week by the Associated General Contractors of America, Kansas lost the highest percentage of construction jobs in January 2016 (-4.7%) and was one of six states in the U.S. to see a drop in construction employment over the past year. Association officials said the states with the lowest demand for construction are energy producing states, which have been hurt due to the steep drop in oil and gas drilling and coal mining. Bob Totten, vice president of the Kansas Contractors Association, said the enormous cuts to the Kansas road and bridge funding over recent years is also to blame for the lack of construction jobs across the state. “Yes, we can associate Kansas’s drop in employment with the oil and gas industry struggles, but we all know there is more to it, at least in our state,” Totten said. “More than $2.1 billion has been diverted from Kansas’ transportation program over the past six years, and money continues to be taken from our roads and bridges to fund the general budget. “This shortfall is in direct correlation to the lack of construction jobs,” Totten added. “If the money isn’t funding much-needed projects, the jobs aren’t going to be there either. It is time our state leaders close the ‘bank of KDOT’ and realize the more they withdraw, the more Kansans will suffer.” Other states that also saw a drop in construction jobs in January were Virginia (-3.4%), Kentucky(-2.7%), North Dakota (-2.5%) and Arkansas (-2.2%). States that added the most construction jobs were Tennessee (3.4%), Louisiana (2.4%), North Carolina (2%) and Florida (1.8%). View the complete state employment data by rank and state, or the state employment map. About Kansas Contractors Association The Kansas Contractors Association, a heavy, highway utility construction association, has been strongly involved in the building of a better Kansas since 1923 and has more than 235 companies as members. Working together, its members promote a better industry by advancing their level of skill, integrity and responsibility while improving the quality of life in Kansas communities. For more information visit www.kansascontractors.org. ###

  • 02 Nov 2015 3:13 PM | Bill Tidball (Administrator)

    The organization surveyed candidates for the Kansas House of Representatives and found the overwhelming majority support T-WORKS, its funding formula and oppose diverting funds from the 10-year program. “We felt it was important to engage lawmakers and legislative candidates as revenue projections put strong pressure on the budget,” said Michelle Butler, Economic Lifelines Executive Director. “Protecting the dedicated revenue source of 4/10 cent sales tax is crucial to delivering T-WORKS for all 105 counties.” Those responding to the survey include 21 incumbent lawmakers and 36 candidates seeking office. They join 22 legislators who have a Pro-T-WORKS voting records. Determination of those lawmakers was based on the following votes: S Sub HB 2360- 1 cent sales tax (2010), S Sub HB 2650- T-WORKS (2010) and H Sub SB 84- Peck Amendment to divert .4 cent sales tax to SGF (2013). “It is clear that legislative candidates understand the importance of T-WORKS, the value it brings to Kansas and the impact it has on local communities,” said Butler. “Kansas communities are counting on these transportation projects that create jobs and boost economic vitality.” T-WORKS is a 10 year, $8.2 billion transportation program passed during the 2010 Legislative Session. T-WORKS is set to deliver 37 major new improvement projects throughout the state, make travel safer, and return more than $10 billion to the Kansas economy. In addition to improving access to markets and making the state more competitive, T-WORKS provides an estimated 175,000 construction and supplier jobs over the life of the program. We encourage our entire membership and all Kansans interested in transportation issues to take the time to find out the position of their local candidates regarding T-WORKS. A full list of survey results and legislative voting records can be found on our website at www.economiclifelines.com ### Economic Lifelines is the statewide coalition of organizations and community groups which provide the grassroots support for Comprehensive Transportation Programs in Kansas. Its members believe that the economic development and jobs that are generated by such programs are vital to the stability and growth of the Kansas economy and that of individual communities.


Kansas Contractors Association, Inc.
800 SW Jackson, Suite 100
Topeka,  Kansas 66612-1216
Phone (785) 266-4152
FAX (785) 266-6191

Kansas Contractors Association,  Inc.  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

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