Gov. Bevin says more money must be generated for road funding as infrastructure needs become dire

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During a community forum in October, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said the issue of a shortage of road funding is not going away and stated the legislature will have to craft a bill to include a possible increase in the gas tax and other fees to deal with declining revenue to fix and build Kentucky roads and bridges. In audio of the forum at the Campbell County Fiscal Court obtained by The Bottom Line, Gov. Bevin explains the state gets money for infrastructure and road projects through two main sources, funding from the federal government’s highway trust fund and an excise tax on fuel in the state. Both of which, he said, are declining in recent years—a cause for concern … Read More

Safer Roads Aren’t Possible Without More Funding

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“If we focus on making Kentucky highways safer, we can prevent some addiction.” That is the statement made by Dave Cooper in a July 3 editorial posted by the Lexington Herald-Leader. While I’m not sure Mr. Cooper’s statement is accurate, I do know Kentucky has significant challenges to overcome to make our roads and bridges as safe as they can be. With nearly 80,000 miles of roadway and nearly 14,000 bridges to maintain in the Commonwealth, our state—along with the road and bridge design and construction industry—has worked diligently to provide a safe transportation network that connects Kentucky communities to one another and Kentucky’s manufacturers, farmers and miners to rest of the world. But, our state is in the midst … Read More

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet – HB 201

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Saturday was the final day of the 2018 Legislative Session. I am sad to report that there was no action taken this session on HB 609 or the language contained within the bill. While modernizing how we fund Kentucky’s transportation infrastructure was the primary initiative of KBT and KIC, it was not the only issue that impacts Kentucky’s transportation network. HB 201, the budget for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet was passed by both the Senate and the House. It has been delivered to the Governor for his signature. The budget includes the following language: Highways: $1.65 billion per year is appropriated for highways. This includes the following appropriations. State Construction: $340 million in FY 2019 $282 million in FY 2020 … Read More

Kentucky’s Infrastructure is Essential to Kentucky’s Success

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This past Monday was tough. Not only was it the last day of the legislative session prior to the Veto period – it was also the day we learned that, while there would be some sort of tax reform bill, it would not contain language to modernize how we fund Kentucky’s infrastructure. We were out – not in – and there was no way to change that. The budget bill was printed. The tax reform bill was printed. The 2-year road plan was passed along with the 4-year resolution. Several other bills were passed but one of the most important issues facing our state was not addressed. Earlier this week a member called to talk about this and reminded me … Read More

It’s Kentucky – You Never Know What Can Happen

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It’s spring in Kentucky. That means snow, sun, basketball (go Hilltoppers and UL Women!) and the final days of the Legislative session. Yesterday was the 55th day of the legislative session. That means there are only 5 days left for the final passage of bills. 5 days doesn’t seem like very much time – especially if the issue you support has not been heard in committee. But it is Kentucky, and sometimes things aren’t what they seem – just remember it snowed on the first day of spring earlier this week. There is still enough time for our issue (HB 609) to pass in these final 5 days. HB 609 simply ensures we have enough revenue to maintain the infrastructure … Read More

Kentucky Infrastructure – We Can’t Afford to Wait!

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Tuesday, while waiting to talk with a Senator about HB 609, I had a conversation with his staff about KBT. I told her about who we are and what we are advocating for – and she responded like most people do. “We really need to do something – our roads are in terrible shape.” She then proceeded to tell me about her trip to Goodyear a few weeks ago to get her tires aligned. She had hit an unavoidable pothole in Frankfort, causing $120 worth of damage to her car. And because the unavoidable pothole is on her regular route to work she is worried that she will have to visit Goodyear again soon for another realignment. She isn’t the … Read More

KBT Transportation News!

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Courage is a funny thing. It’s something we all want to have – and quite frankly – we don’t know if we actually have it until we’re faced with a difficult situation. This week, I witnessed courage. Representative Sal Santoro (R-60) and Representative John Sims, Jr. (D-70) filed House Bill 609. These two gentlemen were joined by 11 other courageous people, Rep. Matt Castlen (R-14); Rep. Richard Heath (R-2); Rep. Donna Mayfield (R-73); Rep. Chad McCoy (R-50); Rep. Kimberly Poore Moser (R-64); Rep. Rob Rothenburger (R-58); Rep. Bart Rowland (R-21); Rep. Diane St. Onge (R-63); Rep. Ken Upchurch (R-52); Rep. Scott Wells (R-97); and Rep. Susan Westrom (D-79) all of whom realize that something must be done to ensure revenues … Read More

Reach Out To Your Legislator

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We’ve passed the halfway mark. The Kentucky General Assembly has now been in session for 36 days – leaving less than half the session to address lots of issues – including creating a long term, sustainable funding solution for Kentucky’s transportation infrastructure. It’s time for you – our members – to contact your Legislator and let them know that infrastructure matters to you and your community. It matters because the transportation industry employs more than 40,000 people in the state of Kentucky. Without long term, sustainable funding those jobs are at stake. It matters because the transportation infrastructure is key to economic development – no matter where you are in Kentucky. It matters because transportation connects people to jobs, education, … Read More

Think Big.

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There was a lot of talk about infrastructure this week. Everyone it seems has a comment on the President’s proposed $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure plan. Links to supporting documents may be found below. While some of the comments of the plan are critical, I have to commend the President on thinking big. After all, it’s not every day that we hear numbers as large as $1.5 Trillion. I also have to commend him for his statements recognizing that our country has allowed our infrastructure to deteriorate, causing our country to fall farther behind. I’m not a world traveler. The last time I’ve been to another country was before I had children. But I do follow international infrastructure development. Earlier this week, … Read More