2014 Kentucky state budget

Kentucky Revenue Receipts Suggest Slow Growth

Aug 11, 2014
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New data released by the state’s budget office suggest that Kentucky’s General Fund isn’t growing fast enough, and could lead to another budget shortfall.

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By law, the only piece of legislation that the 2014  Kentucky General Assembly had to pass was a two-year state budget. All else, as Will Rogers put it, is applesauce.


  Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has used a line-item veto on the state’s budget bill in order to secure funding for capital projects at 16 campuses in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.


The state senate's approach to building and maintaining roads and bridges across the Commonwealth is moving forward.  The state senate adopted the six-year road plan Wednesday.  

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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.

Lawmakers Consider Governor Beshear's Budget Proposal

Jan 28, 2014
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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.

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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.

Murray State University’s interim president says he is pleased with most of what he heard in Gov. Steve Beshear’s Tuesday night budget address.

Tim Miller said funding for MSU’s science complex will mean more STEM graduates and money for Hopkinsville’s Breathitt Veterinary Center will benefit for the entire commonwealth.

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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.