Stop Digging

Juva BarberBlog

When you find out you’re in a hole, the best thing to do is quit digging. The problem is, when you find out you’re in a hole – you’re in a hole – and there’s no easy way out. And that’s where we’ve found ourselves as a state. We’re facing some significant financial holes that have far-reaching and long-term impacts on everything we do. When it comes to funding our transportation infrastructure, we’re fully aware of our financial holes. Our state faces funding shortfalls that have left us with a billion dollar backlog in resurfacing, 70 closed bridges, $50 million in deferred maintenance at our General Aviation airports, hundreds of millions in needs at our public riverports, hundreds of rail … Read More

Where Does It All Go?

Juva BarberBlog

Last night was the quarterly Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meeting at my kids’ school. Parents are required to attend PTO meetings so we can learn about all the great things going on at school and all the activities, calendar and staff updates, and sporting events we can support. And while all of that is great – there is one thing to remember about the PTO meetings – you always have to bring your checkbook. There is always a fundraiser of some sort during the PTO meetings. Whether we’re being asked to participate in an auction, a sales drive, or to buy more school spirit wear – the PTO seems to always ask for more and more money. And none of … Read More

Ms. Lawson’s Bridge

Juva BarberBlog

On Monday, October 16, at 10:00 am in the morning, District 12 CDE Mary Westfall-Holbrook will convene an incredible group of people to memorialize Ms. Gayle Lawson by naming a bridge on US 119 in Letcher County in her honor. I was invited to go to the event by the Cabinet and by Calvin Grayson – who knew Ms. Lawson well. In his words – she was tireless. After a little research, his point was proven. Ms. Lawson was a teacher by trade, which is an undertaking in itself. In her spare time, she worked to better her community. From working with the Harlan County Committee on Aging to the Harlan County Justice Center, Ms. Lawson gave her time to … Read More

Left Behind

Juva BarberBlog

This week has been a busy one. I started in Bowling Green on Monday, followed by Frankfort on Tuesday, then to Madisonville on Wednesday, then to Harlan yesterday. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to so many people about infrastructure and how important it is to their everyday life – and the impact it has on their local community and the state. From Madisonville to Harlan – they get it. They all want better access – whether it is public transit or roads and bridges or airports – everyone wants to be connected. Everyone is afraid of being left behind. And it is not an unfounded fear when it comes to transportation – because we find ourselves behind already. Every … Read More