Saturday was the final day of the 2018 Legislative Session. I am sad to report that there was no action taken this session on HB 609 or the language contained within the bill.
While modernizing how we fund Kentucky’s transportation infrastructure was the primary initiative of KBT and KIC, it was not the only issue that impacts Kentucky’s transportation network.
HB 201, the budget for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet was passed by both the Senate and the House. It has been delivered to the Governor for his signature.
The budget includes the following language:
$1.65 billion per year is appropriated for highways. This includes the following appropriations.
$340 million in FY 2019
$282 million in FY 2020
Federally Supported Construction:
$617 million in FY 2019
$618 million in FY 2020
$377 million in FY 2019
$371 million in FY 2020
County Road Aid: $127 million in FY 2019 and $127.4 million in FY 2020
Rural Secondary: $154 million in FY 2019 and $154.5 in FY 2020.
Municipal Road Aid: $53.4 million in FY 2019 and $53.6 million in FY 2020.
The budget includes language that provides for the continuation of the 80/20 Bridge Replacement Program
$500,000 each fiscal year is appropriated to improve public riverports. The funding is still limited to be used for dredging and maintenance of access.
Using economic development bonds, approximately $19 million will be available to make improvements at the GA Airports. The AEDF funds are also still available for use. In FY, 2019 $9.7 million in Aviation Economic Development funds are available. In FY 2020, $9.6 million in Aviation Economic Development funds are available.
$1.6 million per year are appropriated for public safety and service improvements on shortline railroads.
$5.5 million per year of general funds are appropriated to transit. However, $3.5 million is then appropriated for non-public school transportation.
Kentucky Transportation Center:
Funding in the amount of $290,000 per year is provided for KTC in this budget.
If you would like to view a copy of the budget please click here.
Please keep in mind the Governor can veto portions of this document and the Legislature will not be able to act on that veto since this is the final day of the Legislative Session.
If you would like to view the Biennial Highway Construction Plan, please click here.
If you would like to view the 4 out years of the 6 year plan, please click here.
I am disappointed that HB 609 was not acted upon during this session.
However, the floor speeches delivered Saturday provide hope that we will see some resolution to our transportation funding shortfall in the future. Let’s just hope it’s not too late.