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Old 06-05-2008, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Greater Los Angeles --> soon to be ricocheting between U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand
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As if f--king Louisville doesn't get enough money already!!! And by the way, it's city. Not cities. Kentucky has only one real city and that is by the skin of it's teeth. Only in Kentucky places like Paducah (26,000) and Murray (16,000) are considered major cities in the state.
In all honestly, I would LOVE to see Louisville, Lexington, Northern Kentucky, and Bowling Green get MUCH more money. I'm being serious, too!

Just today I was in Winchester where they have constructed a new four-lane bypass from KY 627 to KY 89 on the city's east side. Hardly anybody was using the road. It doesn't loop back around to the much busier bypass on the city's west side. What a waste, as are KY 15 in Breathitt County, KY 3 in Martin County, and the proposed new US 641 in Crittenden County; these will be the ultimate roads to nowhere!

The four metro areas I mentioned above are our state's economic, educational, and transportation hubs. Without them, Kentucky fails to prosper. Simple as that, and the same goes for every other state and its major cities. I recall in 2002 then-newly-reelected Mayor Abramson saying "Louisville's residents pay 20% of Kentucky's tax coffers but only receives 2% of state funding." Not those exact words, but exactly to the same effect.

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Oh jcm, I hate to burst your little bubble but that of course isn't true. Kentucky's government is the laughing stock of the South?? Are you and Davart the same person? Always so negative.
Apart from Illinois, New Jersey, and possibly Massachusetts and California, Kentucky's legislators aren't much to "write home about." Granted, we have an outstanding Legislative Research Commission that is very competent and full of highly-educated professionals. As a side note, it is also overstaffed and the General Assembly needs to cut funding for it by about 15-20%. It won't happen, though.
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Old 06-05-2008, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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Maybe the residents that live out side those four area's should just move out of the state??? You have to throw all area's a bone every once in a while. Oh an US 641 has always been there. They are just wanting to widen it. And for those who seem to think KY 80 is a waste of money, do you realize just how much money is brought into the state via the two lakes that road travels over? There's more to KY than the triangle.
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Old 06-06-2008, 10:10 PM
 
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Maybe the residents that live out side those four area's should just move out of the state??? You have to throw all area's a bone every once in a while. Oh an US 641 has always been there. They are just wanting to widen it. And for those who seem to think KY 80 is a waste of money, do you realize just how much money is brought into the state via the two lakes that road travels over? There's more to KY than the triangle.
Your point is well-taken. All I'm saying is that rural areas are at a disproportional advantage in terms of state transportation funding.

I would love to see I-66 and I-69 come to west Kentucky. KY 80 is a great project and, frankly, I would love to see a new 2-lane KY 80 built from Mayfield to Arlington or Bardwell (closer to the proposed I-66 bridge.) US 60 deserves to be four-laned from Henderson through Smithland all the way to Wickliffe, it's needed it for years. US 68 should have new wide bridges over Barkley and Kentucky Lakes. I still think US 641 is a complete and unnecessary waste, though.

At the same time, the Lexington metro area could seriously (I'm not jesting or trivializing, I'm really serious) use a $2 billion revamp of its highway system. Nicholasville Road, what a mess. I could pitch a cot on top of my car during rush hour some days, and I've been in Atlanta and Houston during their worst traffic nightmares! Newtown Pike, Todds Road, and Richmond Road: the recent and upcoming projects on those roads aren't nearly enough. (No wonder I dislike Lexington...really!)
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Far Western KY
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Well the people have spoken and this clown is going to have to reimburse the state for all the extras on his car.

Education chief to reimburse state for car upgrades - Top stories - Kentucky.com (broken link)
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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Too bad WE have to pay the gas for his big V8 engine.
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Old 06-11-2008, 09:19 PM
 
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Betcha instaeda givin Frankfort politicians 24/7 take home $31k luxury sedans, the place would actually *save* a bundle using chauffeur driven stretch limousine motorpool to shuttle them bigshots outa their office on rare occasions. And WTF, Frankfort politicians ONLY visit Lexington Country Clubs and Louisville 5 star restaurants most of the time, unless they're attending horse track races, baseball games outa state and whatnot. Gotta reconnoitre bulk of what pulls em outa the office aint important anyhow.

Yep, we oughta bust this Frankfort nonsense of lettin politicians freely roam at will, skippin their office work. Make em jump through hoops at signing out chauffeur driven limousines instead, says me. This oughta embarass em enough to set em right. Also adds helluva lot more accountability with stretch limo motorpool at state capitol, even encouraging the clowns to bring associates along and travel in groups. And will definitely be cheaper than buyin these jokers 15mpg gas guzzlers with unlimitted freebie gasoline for drivin themselves alone wherever they wanna go all week long.
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:12 PM
 
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Well the people have spoken and this clown is going to have to reimburse the state for all the extras on his car.

Education chief to reimburse state for car upgrades - Top stories - Kentucky.com (broken link)
Thank God! At least he gets to reimburse the taxpayers for something.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:41 PM
 
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Well folks, trickle down effect at this outrage has occurred...... Now I've heard state police, fish'n game, forestry and all folks across the board including politicians with take-home vehicles will pay $60 per month to keep em honest, absorbing *some* of the cost themselves.

But am still thinkin chauffeur driven stretch-limousine motorpool instaeda just take-home cars for Frankfort bigshots will save the place more money. Specially makin em sign out the vehicles for business use. And then when 5 decide to attend horse races, outa state baseball games, golf outings and whatnot - at least they'll be travelling in ONE car.
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