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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  • Honest Parley wrote on March 07, 2018 05:06 PM :

    Once again, the Bevin administration provides evidence that it is inept when it comes to providing leadership for and executing the most basic functional operations of state government. The Transportation Cabinet should be leading the legislature in developing new sources of funding for the Road Fund, but it simply doesn’t have the leadership capacity to do so.

    Secretary Greg Thomas has little to no understanding of how the legislative process works, and doesn’t appear to care much about learning about it. His entire professional background is in a regulated monopoly, and he has little appreciation for how the Cabinet’s operations directly affect the Commonwealth’s businesses and economy. His Deputy Secretary is a fine person, but a road building engineer, with next to no legislative policy experience. His Chief of Staff is a Single A player trying to hit Major League pitching, demonstrating his leadership acumen early in the administration’s tenure by making the most regrettable decision of hiring a legislative liaison in Ms. Samantha Davis who is grossly overpaid and terribly under-qualified in her first-ever professional position.

    So Representative Santoro steps in to fill the void. When a legislator leads, the results are usually catastrophic for the state as the legislator seeks to appease the political desires of his colleagues rather than make strategic decisions based on moving the whole state forward. That’s what the executive branch is supposed to do, but with a CEO that’s MIA, there no executive branch leadership on much of anything at this point. Thankfully, Rep. Santoro is more broad thinking than most of his colleagues, and his plan isn’t as bad as it could have been. Still, there are several opportunities for new Road Fund revenue, which the Bevin Administration ignores while our roads deteriorate further.

    Be sure and notice the next time you’re out driving just how bad things are. If you think they’re bad for you, ask trucking companies and car dealers how bad our transportation systems are.

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