PITTSBURG — On Saturday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Secretary of State Kris Kobach spoke to the community and signed the Highway 69 pledge.

Kobach focused on three points during his speech, Highway 69, “life” and taxes at Frisco Event Center.

“The bank of KDOT has been robbed for years now,” Kobach said. “Just in the last three years approximately $600 million have been swept from it and as a consequence of that, road improvement hasn’t gotten done.

“The reason is, the legislature has continued to spend and spend in other areas.”

The money is available, Kobach said, but “the legislature has to stop spending it on government growth everywhere else.”

“The money for highways is already there in the sense that the money for the highway collected in a dedicated tax primarily on fuel … what happens is the legislature — because they’ve been increasing government spending everywhere else — at the end of the year when it comes to balancing the budget they look at the highway fund and sweep it to finance expenditures elsewhere.”

After his speech Kobach signed the Highway 69 Pledge, pledging to vote towards getting the highway completed.

When it comes to taxes, Kobach said he would support the “Trump income tax windfall.”

He also said because of higher taxes in Kansas, people often leave the state to make purchases. Kobach said he is not for higher taxes.

Kobach said a way to decrease taxes is by reducing the amount of spending in certain government agencies. Something he’s tried in his own agency was not filling vacancies as people retired.

“As a result, we found we didn't have to fill all of the vacancies,” he said.  

On the topic of “life,” Kobach spoke about pro life regulation which he feels would be rolled back if his opponent were to win.

Kobach encouraged the crowd to vote, which he said was one of his main messages at this event.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.