McConnell unveils plan to boost bridge projects

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by WHAS editors

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Posted on June 20, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - The Ohio River Bridges project and other bridge projects could get a federal boost under the plan unveiled by Mitch McConnell today.

McConnell wants to reinvest $13 billion he says would be saved by repealing a 1931 prevailing wage law which requires workers on federal government contracted public works projects to be paid more than what are considered competitive wages in the free market.

McConnell's plan is considered unlikely to get past the Democratic Senate and President Obama.

McConnell said whether states choose to assess tolls to pay the remainder of the bridges costs is up to them.

Despite the Kentucky transportation secretary consistently saying that tolls need to be a part of any financing of major new bridges, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has pledged to secure monies to pay for the Northern Kentucky bridge without tolls.

Grimes today says she would pay for a new Brent Spence Bridge by ending some federal corporate tax deductions.

But that plan is also unlikely given the Republican-controlled House of Representatives would view it as a tax increase.
 

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