In just over four months lawmakers will be back in Frankfort for a full 60 day session. This winter, legislators must approve a new two year budget. While the state finished last year with a budget surplus, Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chair Bob Leeper doesn’t anticipate any big increase in state revenue. So, Leeper says building a budget will remain difficult.
“There’s so many factors that are affecting us, what’s happening in the eastern Kentucky coal fields, loss of jobs there, loss of income for people to go out and buy goods. There’s any number of issues going on worldwide, nationwide that we can’t control,” said Leeper.
House Budget Committee Chair Rick Rand sounds a similar tone. He said the growth predicted by state experts is not as “robust” as they had hoped.