Infrastructure Bill Leads to Rift Between NKY Congressman, Chamber

Infrastructure Bill Leads to Rift Between NKY Congressman, Chamber

Two infrastructure bills are being discussed in the U.S. Congress and are expected to pave the way for numerous initiatives across the country. One bill, a budget reconciliation bill with the hefty price tag of approximately $3.5 trillion, is being referred to as ‘the human-infrastructure bill’. It contains items relating to child care, action on climate change, and more affordable education opportunities. The other bill, known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, was approved by a 69-30 vote in the Senate, and has a price tag of approximately $1 trillion, focuses on more traditional forms of infrastructure like roads, bridges, and ports. All three Northern Kentucky judges/executive of Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties expressed that this infrastructure bill would be the region’s best chance to fund the Brent Spence Bridge project without tolls during a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKY Chamber) event earlier in September. That project, which would add a second companion bridge to the existing I-71/75 span between Covington and Cincinnati, has been estimated to cost north of $2 billion. The judges/executive are not alone. Gov. Andy Beshear, Kentucky State Senate President Robert Stivers, and NKY Chamber President Brent Cooper have all previously expressed that this bill would be the best shot Northern Kentucky will have of funding the Brent Spence Bridge project without tolls, long a point of contention in the debate surrounding the project since Northern Kentucky commuters would likely carry the financial burden of tolling the bridge. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has […]

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