Regional
11:35 am
Thu April 8, 2004

Budget Negotiations At a Standstill

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.

House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark suggested that lawmakers
move on to talk about non-economic issues that are included
in the budget legislation. Senate Republicans balked at that
suggestion.