There is still time to prevent a major setback to Kentucky's roads and bridges.
In the final two days of the Kentucky General Assembly, legislators must address a critical loss of road funds. Failing to act will result in lost jobs, poor roads and a negative drag on Kentucky's economy.
If lawmakers fail to do the right thing, Kentucky will lose more than $250 million in this current budget and forfeit the road improvements and jobs associated with that funding.
There are more than 60,000 employers in Kentucky keeping our economic wheels turning — and these wheels will run better if we prevent a decline in our commitment to transportation.
Transportation improvements in our cities are key to America's long-term economic competitiveness. A well-performing transportation network adds jobs, helps consumers and helps families.
The U.S. Census Bureau data shows the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports and freight terminals support more than 40,000 jobs in Kentucky and pay out more than $1.5 billion in wages.
Many industries are dependent on the state's transportation network. There are at least 5,288 Kentucky firms directly involved in transportation construction-related work. Families benefit, too: Consumers get products faster, kids have dependable school bus routes and workers waste less time in traffic. Kentuckians also benefit because good roads cut down on traffic accidents.
On behalf of the more than 60,000 companies that rely on good roads to keep Kentucky's economy rolling, I urge legislators to do the right thing and save the road fund.