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Beshear calls special session one day after regular session ends

by WHAS11


Posted on April 13, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 13 at 6:47 PM

(WHAS11) -- A compromise over the state transportation budget fell apart Thursday night and the Ohio River Bridges Project is on hold again.

Governor Steve Beshear has called as special session Monday to make sure all road construction projects continue. With no transportation budget, all the projects would be halted at the start of the fiscal year on July 1.

Senate President David Williams said he couldn’t allow the Senate to pass the transportation budget without Governor Beshear first signing into law the road and bridges plans that money would pay for. The Governor said that plan was just passed, and constitutionally he has 10 days to read it before signing.

Governor Beshear said he is confident that lawmakers will reach an agreement on Monday.

“For 40 years this project has been stalled. But, in the last few years - because of incredible cooperation among Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is a Republican by the way, and I and our respective staffs, not to mention local government officials in both states and business leaders, we're close. We're preparing to choose a design/build contractor so we can begin construction this year,” Beshear said.

WHAS11 News also spoke with Mayor Greg Fischer’s office. The mayor said he is also confident lawmakers will come to an agreement so roadwork will continue.

Click here to see vidoe of Gov. Beshear's comments during Friday's press conference.