Candidates say Tolls Not the Answer; Call for review of the project and “spending according to the return on investment."
Yesterday, in an exclusive interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, gubernatorial candidate and Agricultural Commissioner James Comer and his running mate for Lt. Governor state Senator Chris McDaniel (R- Taylor Mill) called for a review of the Brent Spence Bridge project.
Senator McDaniel said he was not convinced “everything was considered fairly.” Commissioner Comer wants assurances that the project prioritizes “spending according to the return on investment.” Both Comer and McDaniel again expressed their opposition to tolls on the bridge.
“Any project of this scope and size needs to be reviewed carefully, especially when the agencies involved want to obligate Northern Kentucky residents to decades of paying tolls. We must ask tough questions and demand detailed, accurate answers,” said Joe Meyer of Northern Kentucky United.
The call for a review of the project comes just a few days after a stunning admission by the Ohio Kentucky Indian Regional Council of Governments (OKI) that they have never done a cost-benefit analysis of the Brent Spence Bridge project. On January 7, Mark Policinski, CEO of OKI, told Lucy May of WCPO that “it’s not his agency’s job to do a cost-benefit analysis of the project.”
“That there has never been a true cost-benefit analysis of the project is alarming,” continued Meyer. “Legislators in Frankfort ought to proceed with caution before giving a blank check to an agency that has never weighed the costs against the benefits of the project—they need to focus on protecting the state’s tax payers.”