Road funding process should change to send more back to urban areas, lawmaker says

05/02/2012 03:53 PM

Rank-and-file Kentucky lawmakers need to overrule the road construction formula that usually favors the districts represented by the handful of legislative leaders, said state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat.

“It is absolutely very frustrating. This transportation formula has been around since the 1940s. It needs to be changed,” she said (2:15). “And it needs to be done on population centers. We have huge needs in Jefferson County. Fayette County has lots of roads that need to be repaired. And Northern Kentucky as well.”

But as John Cheves of the Herald-Leader reported, road construction spending per person in Floyd County — the home county of Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo — was more than $2,400. It was more than double that in Elliott County, which is represented by House Democratic Floor Leader Rocky Adkins.

Per-capita road construction spending in Jefferson County is $200, Marzian said.

“It’s one of the things people hate about politics — that it seems so unfair. If you’re in a position of power, you get more in your district,” she said (4:10). “But if you look at Jefferson County and how much we contribute to the state, I think it’s only fair that we get more back to address some of our needs.”

Marzian also talked about:

  • - an unsung bill that will help student athletes (5:30)
  • - the positive effects of the prescription pill bill that passed in the special session two weeks ago (6:30)
  • - and whether the Kentucky Medical Association hurt its standing with some legislators by lobbying so hard against the pill bill (8:45 of the video)


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