Northern Kentucky

3

Mar
2014

Tolls and P3's Recipe for Failure

HB-407 allows the establishment of Public Private Partnerships, P3's, for transportation projects in Kentucky.   Ten Kenton County cities representing over 80% of the population in Kenton County, the Kenton County Fiscal Court, the Boone County Fiscal Court and the cities of Union and Alexandria have signed a NO TOLLS resolution.  The current estimate is a $6.50 toll, each way for the Brent Spence Bridge! 

If you live anywhere in Kentucky this project with impact you in several, all bad, ways.  The first will be higher prices on all the stuff that is hauled in trucks that cross the Brent Spence.  The cost of tolls for trucks and the freight they haul will be much higher and these costs will be passed on to everything you purchase. 

The second problem is the high cost of funding for P3 projects.  Louisville toll payers have to cover an extra $12 million per year in interest cost because of the higher interest rates.  http://www.hilliard.com/marketing/POS/KYPublic_Trans01a_POS.pdf

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27

Feb
2014

ACTION ALERT: Response to Self Appointed Leaders

In the Enquirer today   http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20140226/NEWS0103/302190161/NKY-business-leaders-endorse-Brent-Spence-tolls eight of the self appointed business "leaders" signed a letter encouraging the legislature to impose crushing tolls on people that must cross the Brent Spence Bridge.  These unelected, self appointed "leaders" must not realize or perhaps they do not care that 10 Kenton County cities representing over 80% of the population in Kenton County, the Kenton County Fiscal Court, the Boone County Fiscal Court and the cities of Union and Alexandria have signed NO TOLLS resolutions.

We are asking you, the people that will be faced with paying the estimated $6.50 toll (each way!) to copy the following statement and send it to your legislator.  The email addresses are provided below.

PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE BELOW STATEMENT INTO AN EMAIL AND SEND TO THE LEGISLATORS LISTD BELOW:

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23

Feb
2014

Could the Smear Attack on Matt Bevin been a Diversion?

McConnell Allows Debt-Ceiling to be Raised

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., recently engaged in legislative ruse that allowed Democrats to raise the debt ceiling without a fight. McConnell instructed the clerk not to announce senator’s votes, contrary to customary practice, which concealed them from the public. Adam Jentleson, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said “Republican leaders” requested the silent vote to make it easier to get colleagues to switch. He said such a request is consistent with Senate rules (Mitch McConnell under fire for move to allow debt-ceiling vote, 2014).

McConnell secured enough GOP votes to combine with Democrats’ to bring the debt ceiling measure to a vote. Additional Republicans joined their leader for the final tally, 67-31. In all, 12 GOP senators voted for cloture. On the debt ceiling measure itself, GOP senators in the chamber voted against it, while the Democrats backed it, resulting in the bill passing 55-43. (Two GOP senators did not vote) (Mitch McConnell under fire for move to allow debt-ceiling vote, 2014).

Republican primary challenger and Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, Appearing on conservative commentator Glenn Beck’s radio program, called McConnell “spineless” and “a Democrat in disguise as a Republican.” Bevin said McConnell could have stopped the Senate from voting for the bill.

Bevin told Beck, “Once he went, all of the other sheep followed. ... It is irresponsible (Mitch McConnell under fire for move to allow debt-ceiling vote, 2014).”

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19

Feb
2014

Stop the TOLLS!

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, which is gaining fame on the Web for its progressive agenda,  http://nkychamberofcommunists.com/index.php wants you to pay tolls on the Interstate highway to cross the Ohio River.  The River City News was the sole press in attendance at the raucous Kenton Mayor's Meeting.  http://rcnky.com/articles/2014/02/16/possible-change-dialogue-bridge-project-emerges-mayors-group-meeting Please contact your mayor and members of your city council and encourage them to pass a no tolls resolution.  Nine cities and Kenton County have passed resolutions against tolls.  If you live in one of the cites listed below, that have not passed a NO TOLLS resolution,  please contact your city and ask them to pass a resolution.  The average toll in the US is $5.00 one way!  The Louisville bridge toll is reported to be $4.00
City                          Mayor                 Phone                  Email 
Bromley                  Gail Smith          859-491-6497        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Crestview Hills         Paul Meier          859-341-7373        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Elsmere                   Marty Lenhof      859-816-0616        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lakeside Park           David Jansing     859-331-6621        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ludlow                     Kenneth Wynn   859-491-1233        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Park Hills                  Don Cathen       859-431-6252        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ryland Heights          Robert Miller      859-363-7707        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Florence                   Diane Whalen     859-647-8177
The enabling legislation for Public Private Partnerships is expected to be introduced in Frankfort.  Leave a message for your legislator 1-800-372-7181 and tell them not to support P3 legislation.  Tell them you do not want tolls.  Tell them there are other options.

10

Feb
2014

The Unbridled Liberty Tour will be McConnell’s Waterloo

The Latest Bluegrass Poll Results for McConnell

Senator Mitch McConnell’s woes continue as the latest Bluegrass Poll of likely statewide voters show the Senate Minority Leader trails Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes by 4 percentage points in this year’s U.S. Senate race, 46%-42%. Only 27 percent of Kentuckians hold a favorable opinion of the five-term incumbent, while 50 percent said they had an unfavorable view. Only 43 percent of conservatives said they had a favorable opinion of him (Poll: Grimes has small lead over McConnell, 2014).

The poll’s high unfavorability rating for McConnell puts him in a comparable position with then-Senate President David Williams when he ran unsuccessfully for governor of Kentucky. A Bluegrass Poll during the 2011 gubernatorial election found Williams was viewed favorably by 17 percent of voters, while 38 percent viewed him unfavorably (Poll: Grimes has small lead over McConnell, 2014).

McConnell’s Job Approval Versus President Barack Obama

Testament to his unpopularity McConnell’s job-approval rating in Kentucky is worse than President Barack Obama’s, despite the fact that the president is wildly unpopular here, losing the state in the prior presidential elections overwhelmingly in 2008 and 2012. Sixty percent of Kentuckians said they disapprove of the jobs Obama and McConnell are doing, but they gave Obama a slightly higher approval rating – 34 percent to 32 percent for McConnell (Poll: Grimes has small lead over McConnell, 2014).

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