It doesn't seem like it should really be February. I think much of my issue with time right now is related to the fact that we had to adjust the 2016 Conference schedule, shortening our event by one day. It also has to do with the fact that this weekend the temperature is expected to be in the mid-50's - making is seem more like Spring than early February.
But it is February - and in fact, today is the 22nd day of the 2016 session of the General Assembly. And for us, it is quiet - and it shouldn't be.
KBT has several issues this session that we hope to address - from passing enabling legislation for public-private partnerships to the transportation budget - there are many issues that we can discuss.
However, there are several other pressing issues that are receiving lots of deserved attention. From pensions to healthcare to education, many bills will be filed and many discussions will be had over what to do and how to do it.
And all those issues are important - but that doesn't mean our issues are any less important.
The health of our state's entire economy is intricately tied to our transportation infrastructure.
The General Assembly and the Governor may be able to fix the pensions, fund education, and address felon's voting rights, but we will still need an improved and maintained transportation network that provides access. Access for our citizens - who depend on our roads and bridges and transit systems to get to work and to school. Access for our manufacturers - who depend on our highways, ariports, riverports and railroads to move their products to the greater marketplace.
There are many things that can be done during this legislative session that will move Kentucky forward - but we can't move without our transportation infrastructure.
Talk to your Legislators when they are home this weekend and remind them how important our roads, rails, runways, rivers, and our buses are to your local community.
There is one other thing I'd like to mention today. KBT is blessed with so many special members who dedicate their time, talent, and treasure to our organization. Our members travel across the state to attend our meetings, they sponsor our events, they read our newsletter, they sit on our board and participate in our committees.
Coordinating all our members takes quite a bit of work. But, as an organization, we are also blessed with an incredible staff person who helps make sure we achieve our mission of educating and advocating for a safe, sustainable transportation infrastructure. Katie Haller, our Director of Member Relations, has many responsibilities from preparing and sending out timely communications which include our eNewsletter, helping with the coordination of our meetings and events, preparing and sending invoices and statements as well as maintaining the KBT website and social media.
Katie has an incredible, positive personality that shines through in everything she does. No matter what she is doing, she does it with a smile.
She is special to all of us at KBT - and this weekend she is celebrating a special birthday. So on behalf of all our members I'd like to thank Katie for all she does and wish her a very Happy Birthday!