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Proposed revamp of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
« on: November 26, 2019, 12:01:54 PM »

There's a proposal to make governance of KYTC similar to that of the commonwealth we were once part of (Virginia.)

Link to story.

Link to proposed legislation.

Not sure how I feel about this.
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Re: Proposed revamp of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2019, 12:19:56 PM »

It could end up giving more power to contractors. If the timing was not related to the governor it still is suspicious given the FBI  investigation just to your North that involves contractors and lobbying.
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Re: Proposed revamp of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2019, 08:47:21 PM »

There's a proposal to make governance of KYTC similar to that of the commonwealth we were once part of (Virginia.)
Link to story.
Link to proposed legislation.
Not sure how I feel about this.
I thought that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet was basically similar to the Commonwealth Transportation Board....

But now I see that KYTC is the name of the state DOT... similar in structure as Maryland DOT but without mass transit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Transportation_Cabinet

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is Kentucky's state-funded agency charged with building and maintaining federal highways and Kentucky state highways, as well as regulating other transportation related issues.

The Transportation Cabinet is led by the Kentucky Secretary of Transportation, who is appointed by the governor of Kentucky. The current Secretary is Greg Thomas, who was appointed by Republican Governor Matt Bevin.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet headquarters in Frankfort, Kentucky.
As of October 2012, KYTC maintains 27,562.975 miles (44,358.308 km) of roadways in the state.

Office of the Secretary
Department of Highways - responsible for designing and constructing state highways
Department of Aviation - responsible for promoting the use and safety of Kentucky's airports
Department of Rural and Municipal Aid - provides aid and assistance for local governments to Department of Vehicle Regulation - oversees regulations for the use and operation of motor vehicles.
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Re: Proposed revamp of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2019, 11:38:54 AM »

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce??? Really??? Why should a chamber of commerce get to appoint candidates when labor unions don't?

This bill gives too much power to big business groups, not enough power to the cities, and fails to give consideration to the environmental impact of road projects.
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Re: Proposed revamp of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2019, 12:49:15 PM »

Wow. It's like they are writing out their own probable cause to the FBI.
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Re: Proposed revamp of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2019, 01:58:12 PM »

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce??? Really??? Why should a chamber of commerce get to appoint candidates when labor unions don't?

This bill gives too much power to big business groups, not enough power to the cities, and fails to give consideration to the environmental impact of road projects.

The Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors has considerable influence; so much so that annual or biennial meetings are scheduled across the state with representatives of KAHC and KYTC in attendance.

As for environmental issues, those are usually brought up during design of projects and the public comment portion of the planning process.
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