(Frankfort) -- Both houses of the Kentucky Legislature have passed a bill that authorizes public-private partnerships to fund state projects. So, the Bluegrass State will technically be able to work with private companies to raise money to replace the Brent Spence Bridge. But a provision in the bill prohibits toll booths on any federal highway between Kentucky and Ohio. It was added by Covington Representative Arnold Simpson, who opposes tolls.
The bill now heads to the Governor's desk to be signed into law, but, it's not clear if he likes it. Governor Steve Beshear has been a been a proponent of public private partnerships, and of tolls for the Brent Spence Bridge.
The idea of paying for the construction with tolls surfaced because neither Ohio nor Kentucky can pay for it, and the federal government has essentially said, they don't have the money.