by Legate Damar
The toll debate isn’t unique to Greater Cincinnati, where the Brent Spence is plagued by narrow lanes, lack of emergency shoulders and limited visibility on the lower deck. Tolling is being used or explored on almost all new major bridge and highway projects across the nation (The case against tolls: Does it hold up?, 2012). Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear officially agreed to study tolls as the primary way of raising revenue for the $2.5 billion project – which they said would begin in early 2014. The $4 million study will consider every detail of the project, including ways to potentially save money and establish a bi-state management team to oversee the job. Also to be considered: The possibility of creating bridge access lanes in Ohio where tolls vary according to time of day and heavy use. So-called “high-occupancy toll” lanes have the effect of raising more revenue during rush hours (Governors: Only tolls for Brent Spence, 2012). It’s nice of them to consider all the options for gouging commuters. U.S. transportation secretary Ray LaHood joined the governors in urging the project forward during a press conference at a high-rise Covington hotel overlooking the Ohio River and the Brent Spence Bridge.
by Legate Damar
Recently I attended the Tea Party meeting in Campbell County on Thursday, 12/13/12 and I really enjoyed their meeting format. They had guest speaker Jim Waters from the Bluegrass Institute to present their perspective on pension reform. At one point during the meeting they displayed a list of companies that were a part of the Build Our Bridge Now Coalition and encouraged the attendees to write a strongly worded letter to them regarding their support for the coalition.
by Legate Damar
Tolling or Not?
The 49-year-old Brent Spence Bridge on Interstates 71/75 is “functionally obsolete” because of its narrow lanes, lack of emergency shoulders and limited visibility on the lower deck. The Kentucky-owned bridge, part of the nation’s busiest freight corridor, carries double its intended traffic capacity (Kasich, Beshear uniting for Brent Spence, 2012). No one is arguing that the bridge does not need to be upgraded. The question is how to finance that upgrade in order to address the safety concerns and the volume of traffic it carries in a day. The need to expedite the $2.5 billion project is the core message of a new propaganda campaign launched by the Build Our New Bridge Now coalition.
by Garth Kuhnhein
Today the Kentucky Governor's Communications Office issued a media advisory alerting us to a significant announcement about funding for a replacement Brent Spence Bridge. Kentucky Gov. Beshear, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood are scheduled to announce their plan to impose more taxes upon us. The government rulers think this is a major milestone to celebrate but it is nothing more than another tax. We encourage our local officials to come and stand with us in opposition to more taxes! It is time to stand up and be counted...remember Martin Niemoeller!
If you have had it with more taxes join with us in opposing paying more taxes for a bridge that should be funded by the existing federal gasoline taxes you pay. How about we build bridges in America and stop sending our money to the anti American governments in Egypt, Libya, Pakistan.........
Do you cross the bridge for work? Do you work for one of the following companies: Duke Energy,
AK Steel, Dunnhumby, Fidelity, Fifth Third, First Financial, Frisch's, Frost Brown Todd, General Electric, Kroger, Proctor and Gamble, Univ. of Cincinnati, Western Southern? Check out the full list here.
If so is your company going to give you a $1,300 raise to pay your toll? $5 toll x 5 days/week x 52 weeks of work = $1,300 per year. Duke is getting a new substation out of the deal. What are you
going to get??...more taxes.
When: 12:30PM, Wednesday, December 12. The press release starts at 1:00PM so arrive by
WHERE: 360 Restaurant Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront, 668 W. Fifth St. Covington, Ky.
WHO: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, State and local officials
WHAT: Show up in opposition to tolls. Public Private Partnerships or P3's always use tolls so this is announcement is nothing but smoke and mirrors. Tolls are Taxes! Show up and say NO! Contact your legislator....Kentucky 1-800-372-7181
Check it out on Facebook: We Are Against Brent Spence Tolls
by Terry Donoghue