Leeper Predicts Broad Budget Cuts

Frankfort, KY – Senate budget committee chairman Bob Leeper of Paducah predicts broad budget cuts as Senators review the seventeen and a half billion dollar, two-year budget passed by the House. Leeper says that elementary and secondary education is a top priority, but everything is on the table as senators look for cutbacks. Leeper hasn't seen Senate support for a package of revenue enhancements passed by the House that's aimed at generating an extra 371 million dollars. Some committee members spoke in favor of restoring two classroom days for kindergarten through high school. The House proposed dropping the two days in order to save about 36 million dollars each year.