Take Back Kentucky Legislative Action Alert
Oppose: Public Private Partnerships (P3s)
Sponsor(s): Senator Max Wise (R), Representative Leslie Combes (D)
Status: Introduced in Week 4 and Assigned to Committees
Message is for: Your Senator, Your Representative, All Senate Leadership, All House Leadership, Members of the Senate Economic Development Committee and House Appropriations Committee.
Message: “Oppose SB 132, Oppose HB 309, Oppose P3s”
Additional: We need to contact Governor Bevin and make sure he stays with us on this issue. Make him aware of the dangers of P3s. You can call him at 502-564-2611 or check out another means of contacting him through his constituent services page.
Optional: E-mail the legislators on the committee. Example e-mail address:Firstname.Lastname@lrc.ky.gov . If that doesn’t work they have a contact page on their informational page.
Information: Just when you were hoping this issue was dead it comes back to life like some grotesque Frankenstein Monster. In the House Leslie Combs (D) is sponsoring it as HB 309 and in the Senate Max Wise (R) is sponsoring it as SB 132. Take Back Kentucky has been opposed to this kind of legislation since it started 2 or 3 years ago. Instead of reinventing the wheel and explain P3’s to you in this email, we suggest you go to our P3 Page and learn about this EXPENSIVE issue for Kentucky. Once you have done that you will see that a majority of the issue at this current time is about the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky into Cincinnati. The very real fear is on top of having this P3, the state still collecting money from taxpayers for the roads, we will have to pay tolls to use that bridge to a private entity, the tolls would not be enough to cover the projected cost so it falls back to the state to pay this private entity to keep up the bridge, and all its new modifications. Furthermore this bridge is likely to become foreign owned. The difference between this bill and bills in years past is it has anti-toll language, the problem with that is per our Constitution having specific language in a law for a certain city/region to be exempted is unconstitutional which is why the law will probably never hold up in court, and the tolls will be back. Beshear last session vetoed a P3 bill that made it to his desk because it didn’t allow tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge, ironically it wasn’t because he was following the Constitution. What’s not only concerning about passing this P3 bill is it will be used to create more P3 in Kentucky, and if you looked at our information you will see that P3 are failing Europe big time right now.
We need to lean hard on the legislature and tell them once and for all we are done with this P3 nonsense. This is only the beginning, we have more information to come.