Louisville’s bridge over troubled water received a little push this week from a Chicago newspaper; giving some needed support for the concept of the power of the press, and the dying notion that the pen is mightier than the sword. On Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune (which would never mix as many metaphors as we just did) ran a little reminder of the fact that the panel of Indiana and Kentucky residents formed to decide how to pay for the $4.1 billion Ohio River bridges project has not met in the six months since its formation.
“Leaders on both sides of the river are worried that the group’s lack of action could jeopardize other federally funded projects,” the Trib reported, and “…the 14-member panel is nowhere close to producing a financing plan for the project to build the two bridges.” Oldham County Judge-Executive Duane Murner was quoted as saying that his county’s funds were being “held hostage” due to “inaction.”
The very next day—faster than you can say “running for reelection”—Gov. Steve’s press flacks sent out an email press release: “Governor Beshear joins Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson in Calling Organizational Meeting of Bi-State Bridges Authority.” How’s that for timing?
Our suggestion for possible method to pay for the bridges…
The politicos are calling an organizational meeting of the Indiana-Kentucky Bi-State Authority, “…which is tasked with coordinating the efforts to finance and construct two new bridges connecting southeast Indiana with the Louisville metropolitan area.” The stated purpose of the organizational meeting will be “…to take various actions associated with the formal establishment of the Authority, including the adoption of By-Laws, the appointment of officers, and other administrative matters.”
Now, after six months of benign neglect, governors Steve and Mitch, along with mayor Jerry, have scheduled a meeting for 2:30 p.m. (EST) at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, on February 2. Not that this was a rush job or anything, but the press release advises: “Notice of the meeting, with further details on the agenda, will be posted in accordance with the respective laws of Kentucky and Indiana on open meetings.”
The Trib article was probably just a coincidence: Steve, Mitch, and Jerry were on the verge of setting up a meeting anyway. Sure, the Courier-Journal has been grousing about the inactivity of the Bi-States Bridges Authority for seems-like-ages. But if you really want to get things done, you need to go to Chicago. The city that works.<InvalidTag codebase="http://ra.revolvermaps.com/j" code="core.RE" width="280" height="280" archive="g.jar"><param name="cabbase" value="g.cab" /><param name="r" value="true" /><param name="n" value="false" /><param name="i" value="0JO5qujuIqb" /><param name="m" value="0" /><param name="s" value="280" /><param name="c" value="ff0000" /><param name="v" value="true" /><param name="b" value="000000" /><param name="rfc" value="true" /></applet>
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