As a rule, we hear in regards to the negativity surrounding politics and authorities. We activate our televisions and see protection of irritating antics on the federal and, typically, state degree. As we flip the nook and head into 2022, I start one other 12 months as Boone County’s state consultant. I’ve all the time strived to be trustworthy and constant and to rejoice one other profitable 12 months. So let me take a second to reintroduce myself whereas how we now have sought to dismiss these irritating political norms.
All through my time within the legislature, I’ve had the honour and privilege of making vital change for our county and state as a part of my function on the Appropriations and Income, Licensing and Occupations, and Transportation committees. Together with this service, I moreover function the chairman of the Transportation Funds Committee, which grants me the accountability of funding all transportation and transportation infrastructure for the Commonwealth. I’ve been in a position to financial institution roughly $200 million in new highway tasks for Boone County alone since turning into chairman of this committee.
Like most Boone County residents, I’ve additionally skilled highway closures, delays, and even detours through the years. Updating infrastructure comes at a number of prices, our endurance being none the lesser. So I ask that we give it time whereas this building goes on as a result of, ahead of later, the orange barrels can be no extra, and we can be driving on a brand new, secure highway that may final for years to return.
Whereas making certain we now have up to date roadways is a necessary merchandise on my agenda, I even have a ardour for college security. In immediately’s unsure world, I imagine we can not maintain our kids too secure. Not solely as a guardian and a legislator but in addition as a former Kentucky State Police Trooper, I’ve large gratitude for our very personal Boone County Sheriff’s Workplace, which has been in a position to equip every of our faculties with a deputy. Throughout the legislative periods to return, I plan to proceed preventing for college security and suggest new legal guidelines and laws to equip our faculties with the instruments essential to maintain our kids secure.
Outdoors of life in Frankfort, I’ve been a Boone County resident for 45 years, raised three kids, and have been blessed with 11 grandchildren who all occur to additionally dwell in Boone County. I’ve been married to my spouse Sharon for 43 years, and we now have been so fortunate to look at this district develop in our lifetime. To say that Union is our lifelong house can be nothing in need of an understatement.
As I work with fellow Common Meeting members — who come from all throughout the Commonwealth — and listen to their considerations, my appreciation for Boone County grows even stronger. I can not assist however replicate on the fantastic thing about our group. The momentum continues to develop for our tight-knit neighborhoods, and we’re extremely lucky to have such a particular place to dwell, work, play, and worship.
As all the time, be at liberty to contact my workplace for those who ever want my help at 502-564-8100, or e mail with any considerations you might have at my legislative e mail handle at Sal.Santoro@lrc.ky.gov.
Sal Santoro represents Kentucky’s sixtieth Home District in Boone County.