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Kentucky Sports Radio will be interviewing David Williams tomorrow at 10:30 am to discuss the recent controversy about UK athetics bonding. Apparently Sen Williams requested the interview after UK and Barnhart's recent public accusations that he and the Senate are the roadblock to UK getting additional bonding rights and ultimately football having the ability to upgrade facilities. Should be goooooooood.
I agree... it should be good.
I just hope they ask the "HARD" questions... any idea who's conducting the interview?
Dave's got some splain'in to do.
Should help clear up who's blowing smoke up who's cavities. Good for Williams stepping forward.
I doubt it. Williams is a lifelong politician. Like most of the others he makes his living by getting his talking points out there and skating around questions he doesn't want to answer. I'd be very surprised if much of anything gets clarified.
I know absolutely nothing about Kentucky politics, but from what I've read about David Williams on various UK message boards, I would agree with this.
Matt Jones is an admitted liberal democrat, so Williams wont be given much of a pass
That is what I am hoping for. I want tough questions to be asked, which I think Matt will do.
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Williams is going to talk about how uk has too much debt and how the state can't afford more. I doubt jones has the where-with-all to press Williams on why the legislature won't Seperate the university's bonding capacities from the state.
^ What I'd hope to hear is an explanation on why allowing UK the ability to bond its own projects would be detrimental to the State and its credit as a whole (if at all).
I tend to look at it rather simplistically like Barnhart did in his interview with Matt Jones. Can/will the agency generate the revenues to comfortably service the debt. When looking at UK's Healthcare with the new hospital and/or UK Athletics with a CWS rehab (as a member of the Southeastern Conference), the answer is clearly yes.
The improvements to CWS would pay for itself, so I really don't see the problem with getting the bonding.
Can someone give us the highlights for those that can't listen?
"Kentucky Football needs to be and will be a championship contender in the SEC."~Mitch Barnhart 11/4/12
The issue is that it counts towards the state's bonding capacity. There are no other schools in sec that have that arrangement.
Entertaining radio, Jones and Williams going at it pretty good in this interview. There will be plenty of buzz coming from this interview.
This post was edited by BG631 23 months ago
Jones is actually asking tough questions. Williams essentially says: if there is dedicated revenue (e.g. revenue from suite sales, higher priced seats etc) that will pay for the renovations he would support it.
No proposal has been made to legislature outlining the dedicated revenue has been made.
Barnhart hasn't discussed anything and never talked to him about new renovations.
BOT shouldn't have unchecked bonding authority without General Assembly oversight as they come and go and debt stayed.
I have to say, I have respect for Williams for standing his ground on certain things and saying without questions, if the Athletics Dept can support the bonding and the revenue shows that he will support a renovation.
Thanks for the comments guys since I can't hear it. Sounds like Williams is addressing this single request. Isn't the higher issue simply giving UKAthletics (UK?) is on bonding capabilities?
Part of it. But Williams essentially says he's not willing to do that as UK is state university and falls under their umbrella. He's not willing to give UKAA and BOT own bonding authority because he says if they make bad decisions those will essentially fall to KY Taxpayers.
And you believe him?
Interesting. Part of me understands the logic. The other part of me wants to compare historically who has made the better financials decisions, BOT or State Gov.
Like the Yum Center?
None of the Above.
Williams is on record as saying, if there is dedicated revenue he will support the renovation. Let the PR Campaign begin
I believe he is now on record saying it. That's it. Whether it gets done will depend on the people of the Commonwealth continuing to press him
In my opinion, that's the big value in Mitch going public with this and stating his view. It has essentially brought it into visibility and perhaps, put public pressure in the right places to make it happen.
That was actually the exact example he gave, noting that it appears that the taxpayers of the City of Louisville will end up picking up that tab.
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