House and Senate lawmakers have agreed to a $4.1 billion road spending plan on the Legislature's final day that, if approved, would avoid an expensive special session.
The plan includes $5.2 billion worth of projects throughout the state. But as much as 25 percent of that money will not be spent. Lawmakers said they like to include a cushion in case some projects are delayed because of environmental concerns or problems acquiring land.
The state Senate is scheduled to vote on the road plan first before sending it to the House of Representatives. Lawmakers have until midnight to pass the bill.
State lawmakers say they are close to an agreement on how to spend $1.2 billion in state tax dollars on road construction.
Governor Steve Beshear signed Kentucky’s six-year road plan Wednesday and vetoed several projects in the state's two-year road plan. According to a release from Beshear’s office, the line item vetoes in the two-year plan are only in Senate President David Williams's district. This comes on the heels of a public feud between the two politicians, with both accusing the other of political posturing.