House committee approves road fund

03/06/2018 03:17 PM

FRANKFORT — Over the protest of Democrats who had just been shown the a revised copy of the 2 year road plan, the House Budget Committee passed their plan with a focus on paving highways and rebuilding bridges.

Rep. Sal Santoro, R-Florence, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, testified on the bill before the Budget Committee on Tuesday detailing the areas in which the bill veered from Gov. Bevin’s proposal.

The legislation would invest $545 million over the next two years, and directs repair or replacement of bridges in 103 of the 120 Kentucky counties, Santoro said. The House plan also invests $365 million in pavement management.

Santoro said the plan also holds over programming at 7 percent.

Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, agreed the need to hold the line on over programming within the road fund, but was frustrated that Democrats had only minutes before received a copy of the majority party’s bill.

The 2 year road fund, 6 year road fund, and financing for operation of the Transportation Cabinet will now head to the House floor for a vote.

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