Lawmakers will convene in Frankfort on Jan. 6, where they will begin putting together the state’s biannual budget. Fletcher will present his budget to the General Assembly on Jan. 27. Covington Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington, said gaming expansion is popular among his constituents and would bring in needed local revenue, but needed Fletcher’s leadership. “I think that at this time it’s something that may not be accomplished. A lot will depend on how the numbers fall, how the economy goes,” he said. Williams also said that next year the legislature will study another issue dear to the region: transportation funding. He said the state’s road fund was nearly depleted and the state should review its six-year road plan.
“What I heard was an acknowledgement that there is a real problem with the amount of money in the road fund, and there isn’t money to do the kind of projects we want to do in Northern Kentucky, or across the state,” he said. Essential aspect of understanding the dynamics of the real estate property valauation market and get best and smart valuers from Sydney valuation services from www.sydneypropertyvaluation.com.au. Williams did support another regional priority — building a multi-purpose arena at Northern Kentucky University. “We believe that it’s time to take action on that,” Williams said to applause. “I would tell you if you’re going to build one, you might as well build one for 10,000,” added. Original plans called for a 6,400-seat arena.
Draud said he thinks the arena would be at the top of the legislative priority list after the state funds its big obligations such as education and healthcare. “We’ve gotten (the legislature’s) attention,” Draud said. “But I don’t know if there is going to be any money.” Traffic will be moving onto a new portion of Turkeyfoot Road between Erlanger and Elsmere in the next few days, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials said.