Kentucky House and Senate leaders are continuing negotiations on a compromise $21 billion two-year state budget. Conferees worked through a number of issues Friday, but no firm decisions are expected just yet.
Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton outlined a series of grim consequences if the state House’s proposed budget cuts to the Judicial Branch are approved, including laying off 600 people and trimming programs that keep people out of jail.
Almost a year after the president of Northern Kentucky’s state community college retired amid running tensions with its board of directors, the college’s foundation will begin paying him a $348,000 incentive in July.
The secretary of Kentucky’s Energy and the Environment Cabinet has provided hints of how state budget cuts will affect his agency. Along with most sectors of state government, the Energy and Environment cabinet’s spending will be reduced by 9% over the next two fiscal years and 4.5% this year under Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget.