Join with other liberty minded individuals from across Northern Kentucky for a combined meeting on the 4th Thursday of every month. The combined meetings start at 7pm but arrive at 6:30pm to socialize and meet fellow patriots. The combined monthly meetings are held at the Holiday Inn located at 7905 Freedom Way, Florence, KY 41042. The Holiday Inn Express is easily accessed off US-42 and I-75 at exit number 180.
by Legate Damar
It has been reported by the Enquirer in numerous articles that 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 bridge carries double its intended traffic capacity, and transportation officials say congestion is only going to get worse (Brent Spence toll could be as low as $1, 2013). Fierce opposition from residents and politicians in Northern Kentucky over tolls has many searching for other options to finance the $2.5 billion Brent Spence Bridge replacement. But tolls are becoming more common around the country as alternative funding sources dwindle, national experts say. A raise in the federal gas tax and a change in how Kentucky allocates federal funds have come up as suggestions at recent public meetings in Northern Kentucky on ways to help pay for the new Interstate 71/75 bridge (If tolls aren’t the answer, what is?, 2013).
by Legate Damar
On February 19th, two minutes before the legislative session ended, state Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, in Central Kentucky, slipped in House Bill 456, the last day for new bills in the House. The bill doesn’t specify the Brent Spence Bridge, but it would allow Kentucky to partner with a private entity or any surrounding state to fund a transportation project. It does not mention tolls, and it states the General Assembly must approve the public-private partnership (Bill addresses bridge funding, 2013).
“I think it’s important to have a conversation about whether we want to give that tool to the (transportation) cabinet to consider as a financing option,” Overly said. “I believe the cabinet should be looking for the most cost-effective way to use taxpayer dollars to build infrastructure in the state, and, if that’s the best option, I think they need to have the opportunity to use it (Bill addresses bridge funding, 2013).”
Although there is no specific mention of tolling in the bill, public-private partnerships almost always recoup the costs of projects such as the Brent Spence Bridge through the use of tolling. Needless to say it won’t be Overly’s constituents that pay for the bridge through tolling since 63-65% of the traffic that crosses the bridge each day are commuters in Northern Kentucky. What can you do? Call the Legislature Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 (today) on weekdays between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Tell the operator that you want a “green slip” to go to ALL of the Kentucky representatives and senators. The message is “Vote against HB 456 and that you are against the use of tolling to fund the Brent Spence Bridge because the majority of Northern Kentucky residents will end up paying for it.”
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by Ann Greene
The next Grant County tea party meeting is on Feb. 21st at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the upstairs meeting room at Dry Ridge Toyota in Dry Ridge. Our speaker, Mr. Joe Kalil, will be talking about the second Amendment and our rights as Americans to bear arms.
by Cheryl Avioli
I moved to Kentucky in 2008 when the economy crashed. Our family decided that it was time for us to live by a budget in order to avoid our own fiscal cliff. Each of us puts our receipts into a jar. At the end of the month, we painstakingly open the lid and review each receipt to match our credit card statements, and to see how we are doing in meeting our budgeted expenses. By careful examination, we discovered unauthorized charges. We also realized that certain months we had to spend less in order to stay within our budget. Planning for the future, and accounting for it today, is our reality.
by Terry Donoghue
The Northern KY Tea Party is sponsoring a Pension Reform Rally on Wednesday February 27th at the Capitol Rotunda which is in the KY State Capitol Building..700 Capitol Ave in Frankfort, KY. The Rally is from 2-3 pm.
The State of KY public pension system is over $30 billion in debt. Standard & Poors just rated our overall outlook as poor due to our unfunded pension system. We will address some of the reasons why our pension system is a mess...such as..why didn't our legislators make the required payment to KY retirement system, why are we still offering a defined benefit plan, and why are we still projecting a 7.5% return on investments. We will also discuss HB 299 which allows Legislators to super size their pension, why simply moving new hires into a hybrid cash-balance plan won't solve our pension problem, and where are we going to get the millions of dollars required to make our pension payment. We will address these issues and more.
We have lined up 3 terrific speakers for the event. Jim Waters, President of the Bluegrass Institute who's article Future Shock was inspirational on shedding the light on many of our pension problems, will speak...City of Covington Commissioner and Senior First VP at Wells Fargo, Steve Frank, who has stated publicly that the pension obligation required by cities has caused some layoffs will offer his view as will Phil Moffett, former Republican candidate for Governor and co-founder of School Choice Scholarships. With this trio we intend to point the problems and offer solutions to our pension problem.
Please join us and learn how you can help resolve our pension problem.