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[Commonwealth of Kentucky]
Political Will Lacking to Fund to Transportation Projects
Posted: 11-Mar-2004 2:06AM CST

Gov. Ernie Fletcher says that there is no political will for increase in the gasoline tax that would fund upcoming transportation projects. Kentucky’s gasoline tax stands at 16.4-cents and is the lowest amount 10 neighboring and nearby states. The current tax rate is expected to generate revenue far short of what would be required to complete projects currently listed in the six year highway plan.

When asked about the situation, State Representative Rob Wilkey (D-Scottsville), chairman of the House budget subcommittee on transportation, said that there is only a one-in-seven chance of any particular project being funded.

More information: Associated Press: Highway Engineers Are Told 'Political Will' Is Lacking (Mar. 2, 2004) [Outside Link], Bowling Green Daily News: Road delays loom as gas tax increase unlikely to happen (Mar. 2, 2004) [Outside Link]

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