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Pendleton County got $51.7 million more because the House and Senate attached funding for widening U.S. 27. And Meade County was a big winner mostly because the legislature added more than $20 million each for improvements to Ky. 313 and Ky. 79.
Although there were many big winners, Beshear vetoed projects only within Williams’ district.
Kerri Richardson, spokeswoman for Besher said the administration’s analysis of the final legislative plan showed “no one else came even close to the egregious changes made by Sen. Williams at everyone else’s expense.”
A review of each legislative district showed that the $141 million added to Williams’ district was more than was added to any other district. Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard got the second biggest increase at $105 million.
Hart County was the biggest loser because the House and Senate proposed fewer dollars than Beshear for widening I-65. But the final plan still included $150 million over six years for the high-priority safety project.
The senator who represents Hart, Republican Whip Carroll Gibson of Leitchfield said, the project “is basically moving as fast as possible for all six years.”
Kenton County was next behind Hart, losing nearly $62.5 million. The legislature swapped out reliable funding Beshear provided for planning of a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge with nonexistent state construction funds.
“It’s not something I was particularly pleased to see,” said Sen. Jack Westwood, R-Erlanger. “I don’t know what the thinking was, because I didn’t get to sit in on those budget talks.”
But Westwood said he assumed negotiators decided not to devote funding to the project until plans are more firm in two years.
Henderson County got trimmed $39.1 million, nearly all of which the