Grayson spoke to about 35 residents of Cadiz and Trigg County, including local officials, Rotarians and representatives of the Senior Citizen Center where the Trigg County Fiscal Court usually meets.
Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries and Grayson both spoke about the proposed new bridges over Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake, both of which are on the state’s six-year road plan. Although the bridges, along with the widening of the Highway 68/80 are expensive, they are important to the region and the state, both said.
With the current economic conditions, people are driving less, which in turn has caused decreases in the state’s road fund, which is funded by the gas tax, said Grayson, who added that an increase in fuel efficient vehicles will continue to contribute to decreases in the fund.
“Yesterday (Tuesday, March 10) there was an announcement that the state’s revenues from last month plunged greatly,” Grayson said.
Grayson also mentioned the gas tax freeze. The gas tax increases or decreases with the price of gas, so a freeze would keep the tax from decreasing any further, which will help the road fund, according to Grayson.
A compromise on the state testing system that might be possible could take social studies out of the academic index, Grayson told the crowd.
(For the rest of the story, check out this week's edition of the Cadiz Record.)