Bowling Green, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says Kentucky House Leaders should keep open the last two weeks in June. Beshear says he's not decided yet to call a special legislative session, but he's prepared to if necessary. On Friday, the Governor receives a new budget forecast which he expects to show a deficit near one-billion dollars. Beshear says raising taxes would not be on a special session agenda.
"When I look at this economy and the large number of Kentuckians who are out of work, who are hurting and struggling, now's just not the time to raise broad based taxes on them."
Beshear says lawmakers have the other options of spending cuts and using Federal Stimulus money to balance the state budget. Legalizing slot machines at horse tracks is being discussed as another possible solution.