Emergency Highway Funds Severely Depleted

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A spending spree by the Transportation
Cabinet in the final months of former Gov. Ernie Fletcher's term has left the state's contingency fun at dangerously low levels.

The cabinet spent 99 percent of the money appropriated to the Highway Construction Contingency Account on blacktopping local roads.

That leaves the new administration with about $650,000 to spend with more than half the fiscal year still remaining.

New Transportation Cabinet secretary Joe Prather said the money won't be enough to cover "unforeseen emergencies" the rest of the year.

State law says the transportation secretary can spend money on the account on emergencies, hazards and "other purposes that the secretary determines to be a priority."

Former Transportation secretary Bill Nighbert declined to comment.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-22-07 1014EST

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 25, 2007 at 04:30 PM
    Wow it sure didn't take long for the new Gov. to screw us.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Dec 22, 2007 at 07:25 PM
    @cletus yeah thats why democrats are so smart they couldnt even get some one good enough to beat bush in the re-eletion? Democrats are whiny babys that cry either way and have no guts these days. Republicans are just non transparent with their goals. Make no mistake Being a D or R is an foolish thing to beign with. Your actually gonna vote cause hes in your club? Try voting for who seems righ maybe an independant soem time?
  • by Jim Location: Grayson on Dec 22, 2007 at 07:09 PM
    This is the kind of behavior that led me to change my party affiliation. I was a life long Republican until Fletcher. He is a man without integrity. The actions of those who served under him are a direct reflection of the kind of leader he was.
  • by steve Location: irvine on Dec 22, 2007 at 03:57 PM
    Oh yea Cletus the states gone to hell in a hand basket the republicans done it in four years gag me its just another way your little liberal freinds can say look look we need casino gambling to get money to pay for this just a liberal scare tactic like always. And just how many republican counties are they 4 i live in one its Estill and your liberal cronies did not do dideley for us bud. These peaple thats in now are nothing but liars look what shape louisiana was in after 60 years of liberals and i assure you my freind it will not be another 30 years soacialist dictators.
  • by Cletus Location: Frankfort on Dec 22, 2007 at 09:18 AM
    Of course they spent every dime that wasn't nailed down. State Government could've gotten through the fiscal year with some shortfalls, but in October when it looked very bleak for Fletcher to win a second term, State Government suddenly started spending every dime they could. There were projects that were on the back burner that suddenly got done in a hurry. Every road that hadn't been paved during his administration (particularly in Republican counties) were paved in Oct and Nov. That shows the level of class that Fletcher and his people had. It also shows why Beshear didn't keep many of them when he came in, because who wants someone with no integrity working for them. Your job is to look out for all the state as a whole, not spend everything you can before you leave so that the next guy is in a pit when he starts. Patton didn't do that when Fletcher won, he actually left him in pretty good shape. Another reason not to vote in another Republican for at least the next 30 years


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