In the Kentucky Legislature, there was budget talk Friday in both houses, but it had little to do with dollars and cents. It began in the Senate when Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer asked members in the House to move on a two year budget and get it to his chamber.
Despite unanswered questions about the impact of federal health care reforms, Kentucky's lawmakers are taking steps to pass a state budget. House members have begun the process of evaluating and modifying the spending plan proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear.
Kentucky state lawmakers have begun reviewing Governor Steve Beshear’s $20 billion budget proposal.
State Budget Director Jane Driskell briefed lawmakers on the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Tuesday on aspects of the budget. It includes a 5% cut for most state agencies, and includes the state's highest ever ratio of money being borrowed to money coming in.
The Kentucky House will begin work to break down Governor Beshear’s budget this week. Budget Committee Chair Rick Rand says some subcommittees may begin their review in the next few days. The governor’s spending plan includes a two and a half percent cut in funding for higher education. Chairman Rand admits that proposal has already generated some discussion.
Governor Steve Beshear’s proposed biennial budget includes investments for every community in the state, as well as multiple targeted investments for specific regions. Below is a list of the proposed investments for western Kentucky, including the cities of Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.