The Kentucky Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee approved a $4.5 billion transportation budget but not before inserting language that would restore nearly $50 million for road construction projects previously vetoed by Governor Steve Beshear. The spending measure now advances to the Senate floor for a planned vote today. Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Bob Leeper cited a "fit of conscience" for his push to put the $50 million in road projects back into the transportation budget.
Governor Steve Beshear signed the six-year road plan on Wednesday, but line-item vetoed projects in a two-year plan only in Senate President David Williams' district.
According to the governor's office, the vetoes in the shorter plan were necessary because Williams moved his projects to the front of the line. The changes to the legislation cut $49.7 million worth of projects in Williams's district and restore the funding to its original levels.
Republican Senate President David Williams says Democratic Governor Steve Beshear needs to tone down his rhetoric over the upcoming special session.
The two men butted heads yesterday when the Senate didn't pass two of the session's critical bills. The Senate adjourned, effectively killing a bill that funded the state's road plan and one that would place further limitations on prescription drugs.
In his call for the special session, Beshear personally blamed Williams for blocking the bills, and at other times called him greedy and selfish.
A blame game over important legislation is turning into a full-blown repeat of last year's gubernatorial election.
Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and Republican Senate President David Williams are arguing over who is to blame for lawmakers adjourning their regular session without passing key bills. A bill to crack down on Kentucky's prescription drug abuse died in the final minutes of the session, and even though lawmakers passed a road plan, they neglected to pass the bill that funds the projects.
Governor Steve Beshear says he'll call lawmakers back into a special session Monday to consider a transportation budget that provides needed funding for a 4 and a half billion dollar highway construction plan. Lawmakers passed the plan late last night, but adjourned without approving funding. Beshear blames Republican Senate President David Williams for thwarting passage of the transportation budget. Williams insisted Beshear sign the construction plan into law before the Senate passed the funding measure. But the governor says he didn't have time to fully review the construction before
A plan to create scholarships for college students in the Appalachian region is in danger after the Senate removed the funding in its budget proposal. The scholarship program was intended as a compromise after a bill to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system couldn’t garner enough support. It would give college juniors and seniors money to attend private universities or public university partnerships in the Appalachian region to finish their education. The House’s version of the budget funded the scholarships with coal severance tax money, but the Senate remove