By now, you’re familiar with the Rupp Arena renovation saga. On Sunday, the Herald-Leader published the results of a poll about the Rupp project, in which they asked 1,782 registered voters across the state of Kentucky this question:
Should state lawmakers provide $80 million in state funds to help renovate Rupp Arena and an attached convention center in Lexington? Or should the city of Lexington find some other way to finance the $351 million project?
Only 18% said they believe the state should provide the funding, while 75% said the city of Lexington needs to find another way to pay for it. The problem? Right now, there is no other way. In its current form, the Rupp Arena project won’t happen without $80 million (or a similarly high number) of funding from the state. That funding is supported by Governor Steve Beshear, was approved by the House, and died on the Senate floor as Senate President Robert Stivers and the project’s opponents refused to let it pass. Now, those opponents are pointing to the poll as proof their efforts were in their constituents’ best interest; however, because the question gave an option (the project happening without state funding) that isn’t really an option at all, the results are meaningless.
Therefore, we here at KSR came up with a poll of our own to make sure your voices are heard. As a general disclaimer, internet polls aren’t always the most reliable, but we’ve done our best to make this one secure. Also, we request that you only complete the survey if you live in the state of Kentucky. So, fellow ex-pats, sit this one out with me.
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Thanks for participating. We’ll close the poll tomorrow at 5 p.m., and share the final results then. I expect Matt will discuss the results with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Governor Steve Beshear when they come on the show on Friday (Senate President Robert Stivers is
busy in a meeting sick on vacation).