Most Democrats Running for Governor Don't Support Toll Bridge

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. (AP) - The majority of Democrats running for governor would not support charging a toll to help pay for the planned $3 billion replacement of the Interstate 71/75 Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River.

"There is no question that we have got to fix this bridge," said former lieutenant governor Steve Beshear, one of six candidates who appeared Thursday night in a debate at Campbell County High School.

"I don't like toll bridges, but we're going to have to sit down with the federal government to figure out the funding ... to replace that bridge," Beshear said.

The federal government has suggested officials in Ohio and Kentucky look for "creative" methods to finance the bridge, including tolls.

The Democrats were not receptive to the idea, though all stressed they would work to come up with funding for the project that may not begin until 2015.

"I'm not for tolls," said State Treasurer Jonathan Miller. "I think that is a regressive tax that is unfair to working families."

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

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