McConnell, Grimes announce competing bridge plans

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates announced competing plans Friday to replace the decaying Brent Spence Bridge in a conservative enclave of northern Kentucky that could figure prominently in the November election.

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell told the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Friday he wants to pay for the bridge by repealing a 1931 federal law setting prevailing wages for federal contractors, an unlikely scenario in the Democratically-controlled Senate.

Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes said she would pay for the bridge by ending some federal corporate tax deductions. But that plan is also unlikely given the Republican-controlled House of Representatives would view it as a tax increase.

The 50-year-old Brent Spence Bridge carries traffic from I-71 and I-75 and has been labeled "functionally obsolete" by the Federal Highway Administration.

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