Fri May 29, 2009
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – A panel of economic experts agrees with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. The state could be facing a deficit of almost one billion dollars. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has more.
After analyzing current and projected state revenue receipts, the Consensus Forecasting Group is predicting Kentucky could be facing an almost one billion dollar shortfall next fiscal year. The forecast options were optimistic, control or pessimistic, and the panel went with a 50/50 blend of control and pessimistic. "Some argued 50/50, there was one 75/25, one 25/75, so it was pretty much the consensus feeling that we're not as optimistic as the control forecast would suggest."
Chairman Larry Lynch says the projected shortfall in the road fund is 239-million dollars. Immediately after the meeting, Governor Beshear issued a statement indicating he will call a special session beginning June 15th to address the budget shortfall.