by Bryan H. Miller
If President Obama and the EPA have their way we all could be driving “small” electric or hybrids cars of some type by the year 2016. If not by 2016 you will definitely be driving an “Obamamobile” by the year 2025. You say, “I’m not getting rid of my car for some little “green energy” car. Too bad, this will most likely happen if the EPA doesn’t change the path on the way it is going.
I’m here to tell you that we are in serious trouble caused by one swoop of President Obama’s pen on a couple of executive orders. In 2010 Obama mandated that the new CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standard for cars and trucks had to be 34.1 mpg by the year 2016. That was to be upped incrementally from 25.3 mpg. But no, that wasn’t good enough for our Fearless Leader “green energy program,” he has now raised the CAFÉ standards to 54.5 mpg by the year 2025. What this means is that when these go into effect, he will have single-handedly increased the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards by 99% higher than what they were when he took office.
by Garth Kuhnhein
The Kenton Tea will meet at PeeWees on Wednesday, July 24. This is going to be a busy day for Tea Partiers across Kentucky so plan on finishing your day with us at PeeWees. Bill McElheney, CPA is scheduled to speak on insurance issues as they relate to ObamaCare. This will be an informative session and you can bet there will be lots to talk about. See you there!
When: 6pm, Wednesday, July 24
Where: PeeWees Restaurant, 2325 Anderson Rd, Crescent Springs, KY
by Legate Damar
Seven months after the governors of Kentucky and Ohio signed an unprecedented agreement to work together and get the project done, transportation planners in both states are close to presenting a plan for building and funding the Brent Spence Bridge project. They say they have worked through the issues related to financing the $2.5 billion bridge replacement and highway overhaul, and fast-track construction plans remain on target. ODOT and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have been working together to write the plan. The new September date for presenting it would meet a Dec. 31 deadline set by the Kentucky Legislature, which has decision-making powers because Kentucky owns the bridge (Brent Spence plan likely to involve tolls, 2013).
Do you remember when the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce gave the sales pitch to lawmakers that approving a public-private partnership does not make tolling invevitable, and other sources of revenue, such as increases in gas tax and vehicle registration fees could pay investors (Sales Techniques for Selling Tolling, 2012)? Guess what?! Not surprisingly the finance plan to be unveiled this fall will center on the use of tolls and include the rates that passenger vehicles and trucks would pay each time they cross the bridge, Ohio Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Faulkner said (Brent Spence plan likely to involve tolls, 2013). Preliminary results of the study in February showed toll rates would range from $1 to $5 for passenger vehicles. Transportation officials say changes are being made to the plan, and final toll rates will be known in September (Brent Spence plan likely to involve tolls, 2013). Out of the $4.2 million spent on lobbying during the first two months of the 2013 General Assembly session the Build Our New Bridge Now coalition spent $48,432 to lobby for tolling to fund the new Brent Spence Bridge ($4.2M lobbying tab up from last short session, 2013). The lobbying was conducted by none other than our friends from Strategic Advisors who has represented such illustrious clients like Sanitation District 1 (SD1) and the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
by Take Back Kentucky
by Garth Kuhnhein
YES the Kenton Tea is meeting at 6pm, Wednesday, July 10 at PeeWees! Rick Brueggemann, Esq. is speaking on the Federalist Papers. Understand the Federalist Papers and you will understand how our government is failing us.
We are asking everyone to call the Representives listed below with the message to make the Senate immigration bill Dead-On-Arrival. Yes we will have a show of hands at the meeting to see who called. No immigration bill should be brought to House floor that makes it more difficult for any part of the American workforce to get a job! If the amnesty legislation as currently being structured and debated becomes law, low income Americans will suffer with increased competition for jobs and there will be even more down-pressure on wages. Additionally, the 11 million illegal aliens already in the U.S. will balloon to perhaps 100 million immigrants in a few years due to "chain migration" laws.
District 1: Ed Whitfied (R), DC Office 202-225-3115
District 2: Brett Guthrie (R), DC Office 202-225-3501
District 3: John Yarmuth (D), DC Office 202-225-5401
District 4: Thomas Massie (R), KY office 859-426-0080, DC Office 202-225-3465
District 5: Hal Rogers (D), DC Office 202-225-4601
District 6: Andy Barr (R), DC Office 202-225-4706
Have you started saving for the $5 toll to cross the Brent Spence bridge? Or do you want to invest your time and talent to fight the tolls? You pay taxes on each gallon of gas you purchase and have paid this tax for years. We cannot let our elected and unelected officals put another tax on us.