Legislative Update March 22, 2016 - HB304

Earlier today the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee passed an amended version of HB 304, the proposed operational budget for the Transportation Cabinet. This afternoon, the bill was heard on the House floor and passed 60-38.

The current version of HB 304 contains items important to KBT members. Several of those items are listed below.

Aviation: In Fiscal Year 2017, a total of $14,964,800 is appropriated for aviation. This includes $11,630,400 in restricted funds which are the revenues from the jet fuel tax. This also includes $663,500 in Federal Funds and $2,670,900 in road funds. 

In Fiscal Year 2018, a total of $13,427,000 is appropriated for aviation. This includes $10,537,200 in restricted funds, $213,700 in Federal Funds and $2,676,100 in road funds.

Included in the appropriation in Fiscal Year 2017 is $750,000 for the Bowling Green-Warren County Airport.

This version does not contain the additional appropriation of $10 million per year from the road fund to aviation to make improvements at General Aviation Airports.

Public Transportation: The proposed budget contains funding in the total amount of $32,151,300 in Fiscal Year 2017 and $32,215,800 in fiscal year 2018 for public transportation. This includes $5,728,200 in General Fund appropriations and more than $25,700,00 each year in Federal Funds. 

The General Fund appropriation includes $3,500,000 for non-public school transportation, leaving $2,228,200 to fund Kentucky's public transit network.

Rail:  Included in the Highway Construction Contingency Account is $1,600,000 each fiscal year to be used to make public safety and service improvements on shortline railroads. These funds shall not be expended unless they are matched with private funds equaling 20% of the total amount for any individual project.

Riverport Improvements:  Included in the General Fund appropriation is $500,000 each fiscal year to improve public riverports within Kentucky. Improvements shall be limited to dredging and maintenance of access. 

Kentucky Transportation Center: The proposed budget contains an appropriation in the amount of $290,000 each fiscal year for the Kentucky Transportation Center.

Highways:

2016-17

2017-18

Restricted Funds

$103,088,400

$103,232,300

Federal Funds

$709,785,100

$725,106,300

Road Fund

$767,032,800

$777,426,900

Highways Total

$1,579,906,300

$1,605,765,500

 

Included in the total appropriations above are the appropriations for State Supported Construction Program, the Biennial Highway Construction Program, the State Resurfacing Program, and Maintenance. Specific program appropriations are listed below.

State Supported Construction Program: In Fiscal Year 2017, the road fund appropriation includes $345,149,400 for the State Supported Construction Program. In Fiscal Year 2018, the appropriation includes $353,539,400 for the State Supported Construction Program.

Biennial Highway Construction Program:  Included in the State Supported Construction Program is $189,149,400 in Fiscal Year 2017 and $197,539,400 in Fiscal Year 2018.

Resurfacing:  Included in the State Supported Construction Program is $125,000,000 each fiscal year from the road fund for the State Resurfacing Program.

 

Maintenance: Included in the Highways Road Fund appropriation is $347,457,900 in Fiscal Year 2017 and $349,072,600 in Fiscal Year 2018 for Highways Maintenance.

 

Revenue Sharing:

2016-17

2017-18

County Road Aid

$125,097,400

$125,554,900

Rural Secondary

$151,757,600

$52,829,100

Municipal Road Aid

$52,636,600

$52,829,100

Revenue Sharing/ Road Fund Total

$330,812,900

$332,030,200

                             

To review the current version HB 304, click here.

 The bill will now travel to the Senate where it will be heard by the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee.