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“But we’re only fighting over one person. Now, you know, at some point, people got to put on their big boy pants, suck it up and quit screwing the taxpayers, because that’s exactly what we’re getting ready to do.”

Thursday afternoon, it was unclear how the full Senate and the House would react to Leeper’s amendment.

“I did not know prior to today’s AR meeting that Chairman Leeper would restore the vetoed infrastructure projects to HB 2 and, while appreciative of his sentiments, I am still considering with leadership the path forward,” Williams said.

House leaders were still trying to figure out what to do as well.

“We’ll talk to our caucus about it and see what happens,” Stumbo said.

If the Senate passes Leeper’s amendment and the House rejects it, it could throw the session into disarray and potentially extend it. But if the House accepts the changes, it would toss the issue to Beshear, who could then veto Williams’ projects again.

“The governor will review the Transportation budget when it reaches his desk, and he expects to receive it Friday,” said Kerri Richardson, Beshear’s spokeswoman.


The Senate maneuvering came as proponents of the Ohio River Bridges Project rallied in the Capitol to urge passage of the road funding measure.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer spoke at the rally and urged lawmakers to fund the project, which he called an important gateway to the state and the biggest economic development project in a lifetime.

“We are so close,” he said. “If it were a football game, we’re on the two-inch line. We are appreciative of all the hard work that went into this, but let’s go ahead and put it into the

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