Reach Out To Your Legislator

Juva BarberBlog

We’ve passed the halfway mark. The Kentucky General Assembly has now been in session for 36 days – leaving less than half the session to address lots of issues – including creating a long term, sustainable funding solution for Kentucky’s transportation infrastructure. It’s time for you – our members – to contact your Legislator and let them know that infrastructure matters to you and your community. It matters because the transportation industry employs more than 40,000 people in the state of Kentucky. Without long term, sustainable funding those jobs are at stake. It matters because the transportation infrastructure is key to economic development – no matter where you are in Kentucky. It matters because transportation connects people to jobs, education, … Read More

Think Big.

Juva BarberBlog

There was a lot of talk about infrastructure this week. Everyone it seems has a comment on the President’s proposed $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure plan. Links to supporting documents may be found below. While some of the comments of the plan are critical, I have to commend the President on thinking big. After all, it’s not every day that we hear numbers as large as $1.5 Trillion. I also have to commend him for his statements recognizing that our country has allowed our infrastructure to deteriorate, causing our country to fall farther behind. I’m not a world traveler. The last time I’ve been to another country was before I had children. But I do follow international infrastructure development. Earlier this week, … Read More

County Judge Executives on the Front Line

Juva BarberBlog

This morning, as you read this, I’m honored to be speaking to one of the most important organizations in Kentucky – the Kentucky County Judge/Executive Association. Every February, the group gets together to learn about new challenges, network, and discuss current issues. Unfortunately, there are so many issues that impact our 120 counties. From pensions to opioids to paying for jails – our county governments deal with it all – and usually dealing with an issue also means paying for it in some way. When it comes to transportation issues, our County Judge Executives and their fiscal court members are on the front line. They get called first if there is a pothole. They get called first if there is … Read More

Where’s the Bill?

Juva BarberBlog

Sunday is the Super Bowl. Like lots of people I know, I won’t be watching to cheer on a team. I’ll be watching for the commercials. The commercials provide something to talk about the next day – and there’s always a review of the most popular, memorable commercials. The commercial that I remember most is the 1984 Wendy’s commercial. You know the one – she kept asking “Where’s the Beef?!” And, during this especially interesting Legislative session, that sounds similar to what lots of people are saying to me lately – only instead of “Where’s the Beef?” I’m hearing “Where’s the Bill?!” Everyone wants to know how we’re going to address our infrastructure funding needs? Is there a bill? And … Read More