Ky. governor vetoes bill to ban tolls on Brent Spence Bridge project

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has vetoed a bill that would ban the use of tolls to pay for a northern Kentucky bridge.

HB 407 would allow local governments to partner with private entities to pay for expensive projects. Beshear had hoped to use the law to help pay for the $2.6 billion Brent Spence Bridge project that connects Covington and Cincinnati.

But some northern Kentucky lawmakers are adamant the bridge should not be paid for with tolls. Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington, amended the bill to ban the use of tolls to pay for the bridge.

Beshear said in his veto message it was a bad idea to eliminate any financing options for a vital project. Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson says he will ask lawmakers to override the veto.

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