Frankfort, KY – State Budget Negotiators remain at a standstill today after lawmakers resumed talks aimed at crafting a spending plan for the state. Neither side seemed willing to budge from their respective positions on how to deal with Governor Fletcher's "Tax Modernization" proposal.
Democrats in the House want to deal with the spending bill and the proposed tax code separately. However, Senate Republicans want any budget talks to include discussion of the Governor's proposed tax plan.
Frankfort, KY – Members of the General Assembly who were assigned to work out differences between Senate and House budget bills will meet tomorrow in Frankfort. Committee members will try to produce a budget that the full Senate and House can support.
The 2004 legislative session resumes next Monday, but is scheduled to end the next day. The budget Conference Committee will meet at ten a.m. Eastern time, Wednesday. The meeting in the Capitol Annex is open to the public.
Bowling Green, KY – Speaking at a legislative round-table in Bowling Green, four members of the Kentucky General Assembly expressed optimism that an agreement on the state budget is likely. The lawmakers attended a Chamber of Commerce forum.
Frankfort, KY – The Fletcher Administration says the Kentucky State Police are investigating alleged embezzlement by a former ranking official. The former official has been identified as Barbara Nash, who was the Director of the Division of Administrative Services in the Office of Financial Institutions.