2016 is a budget year for the Kentucky General Assembly, and the answer should be known soon as the 60-day legislative session begins next week.
New Gov. Matt Bevin has said the idea of building a rural 68-mile bypass through Campbell, Warren and Clermont counties as an alternative to the $2.6 billion Brent Spence Bridge project should be considered. If Bevin and lawmakers put money into the new budget to study the so-called Cincy Eastern Bypass, it would show how serious the governor is about the idea being floated by a small group of Northern Kentucky business leaders. This much we know: Bevin does not support using tolls to pay for the Brent Spence project, putting plans on hold as long as he is governor.