Kentucky Senate OKs public private partnerships

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill has passed through both chambers of the Kentucky Legislature allowing state and local government to partner with private sources for funding on projects.

Passed by the Kentucky Senate on Thursday, the bill would require all projects using public private partnerships to be approved by the Finance Cabinet, and be overseen by the Capitol Projects and Bond Oversight Committee.

Speaking on behalf of the measure, Republican Sen. Sara Gregory of Monticello said the bill is a tool in the state's financial toolbox.

Democratic Sen. Ray Jones of Pikeville argued that some provisions of the bill could create lower wages.

The bill passed the Senate on a 27-9 vote and now heads to the governor's desk to be signed into law.

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