Tue December 1, 2009
More Cuts Expected in KY's Budget
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – Monday was the deadline for state agencies to tell Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear how they intend to further trim their budgets. Even after plugging a $1 billion hole in the state budget, Kentucky still faces a $161 million revenue shortfall this fiscal year. And that, says Gov. Beshear, could mean another %6 cut in spending for many state agencies. "We'll start taking a look at those. We really haven't made any set plans yet, but we asked for that number as a working number, to see what we could do with that kind of number." But Beshear says some areas, like Medicaid, the universities and funding for public schools, will be spared further cuts. The Consensus Forecasting Group, a panel of economic experts that advises the governor and lawmakers, is scheduled to meet Friday to begin assessing the latest revenue figures.