Op-Ed: Time to Invest in Kentucky’s Infrastructure

Chad LaRueBlog, News

From the River City News: Reliable transportation is key to any successful economy. Business leaders are keenly aware of this fact. If you’re waiting on a critical shipment, want your employees to arrive on time, or if you’re running to catch a flight at CVG, you need reliable transportation. You’ll hear business groups talk about large companies impacted by transportation issues: places like Amazon, DHL, Kroger, etc.  But from my perspective, it’s the small businesses that are impacted most when transportation is not reliable. After all, of the 7,400 businesses in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties, 93 percent are 49 employees or less. Consider a small Florence based HVAC repair business with eight employees. If two of their employees are … Read More

From NKY Tribune: KYTC Secretary tells Kenton Fiscal Court gasoline tax increase needed to raise revenue

Chad LaRueNews

From the Northern Kentucky Tribune: By David Holthaus NKyTribune reporter There’s talk of hiking Kentucky’s gasoline tax and the head of transportation in the Commonwealth says he’s all for it. Greg Thomas, secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, told Kenton County leaders Tuesday that the state tax on gas needs to go up in order to keep up with the maintenance of tens of thousands of miles of roads around Kentucky. Sec. Thomas “It’s a dire need,” he told the Kenton County Fiscal Court. “There is some momentum and we stand ready to support it.” Gov. Matt Bevin has publicly raised the issue of more funding for roads and bridges in Kentucky. Kentucky’s funding for infrastructure and road projects comes … Read More

2019 Kentucky Infrastructure Report Card

Chad LaRueBlog, News

2019 Report Card GPA: C- Kentucky’s infrastructure is everywhere around you and you use it every day. The interconnected system of roads and bridges, drinking water, sewer systems, dams and levees, aviation, solid waste, and energy are all critical to our success. We have become accustomed to these systems quietly supporting our ability to work and play. However, in 2019, our infrastructure networks are aging and struggling to perform as necessary. Infrastructure deteriorates as it ages, and it must be repaired or replaced when it exceeds its useful life. The effects of time, weather, and increased use from a growing population are impacting the quality of the infrastructure in our state. Looking ahead, there are opportunities for Kentucky to invest not only in the infrastructure in need … Read More

From ARTBA: Strong Bipartisan Support for Broad Infrastructure Initiative

Chad LaRueBlog, News

From ARTBA, American Road & Transportation Builders Association  (WASHINGTON)—While a new national poll shows “almost 90 percent believe “the Democratic leadership and President Trump should work together during 2019 to pass legislation that would improve other infrastructure.” The poll was conducted January 23-24 by Rasmussen Reports for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA).  Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, Inc.  The margin of sampling error for the poll is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. Support for work this year on a broader, bipartisan infrastructure bill was expressed by 88 percent of both Republican and Democrat likely voters and 84 … Read More