Let's hope that's not a train wreck shaping up on the horizon as the legislature heads to Frankfort Thursday for the final day of the 2012 regular session with no compromise on the road budget in sight.
This year's austere General Fund budget, empty of the pork projects over which lawmakers salivate, wasn't worth fighting over.
Not so the budget for road-building with its revenues plumped by gasoline prices and a rebounding economy.
House and Senate apparently are at an impasse.
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In contrast to the process for hammering out differences in this year's General Fund budget, there have been no genial conference committee negotiations broadcast by KET over the road budget.
Among the changes being demanded by the Senate are more debt financing and an additional $150 million in road projects for the district of Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville.
It's hard to anticipate all the repercussions if the legislature fails to enact a new budget for the $10 billion-plus road plan, except that it would probably make work for a bunch of lawyers and judges while potentially sidelining Kentuckians who work in road building.
Regardless of what happens to the road budget, the Senate should not make collateral damage of an unrelated piece of legislation aimed at combatting human trafficking.
House Bill 350 has strong bipartisan support, cleared the House 99-0, underwent some friendly changes in a Senate committee and was in line for passage by the full Senate when it was pulled from the list of bills awaiting a vote and recommitted to committee.
Why? As best we can tell, the only problem Senate leaders have with combatting human trafficking is the bill's sponsor, Rep. Sannie Overly, D.-Paris.
As chairwoman of the House transportation budget subcommittee Overly also is the House's main negotiator on the road budget.
Human trafficking is not something that happens in exotic, foreign locales and has nothing to do with Kentucky; it can and does happen here.
HB 350 would increase training for police, create a special Kentucky State Police unit to investigate human trafficking and strengthen laws to help prosecutors convict those who are essentially enslaving other human beings, including children.
There's no reason HB 350 can't win final approval on Thursday. Killing it would just make Senate leaders look spiteful.