Sine die update: Senate passes state road funding plans

04/15/2016 09:19 PM

FRANKFORT — With a 38 – 0 vote the state Senate passed legislation funding road projects across Kentucky for the next two-years.

The Legislation “over programs” federal projects by about 10 percent, but Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Prospect, said the state projects are also over programmed but they don’t know by how much.

Harris said that state funding was a “matter for conjecture.” Three months ago, Harris said the state thought they were over programmed 300 percent. At that time the state had $400 million for $1.2 billion in projects.

The Prospect Republican said the figure had been reduced, but there’s “uncertainty” just how much this plan is over.

In presenting budget on the floor of the Senate, Harris said there are $2.3 billion in federal funds covering statewide projects.

The Senate also passed the out-year road funding plan which puts in place projects three to six years out from the biennial road budget. Lawmakers in the upper chamber also passed the legislation with unanimous approval.

The legislation now moves to the House which is also in possession of the biennial executive branch budget.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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