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12:40 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Kentucky House Budget Plan Mirrors Beshear's Blueprint, Including Education Funding Requests

Rep. Jim Stewart (left) and Rep. Rick Rand in the Kentucky House chamber
Credit Kentucky LRC

A budget proposal to be unveiled by the Kentucky  House of Representatives will closely resemble the $20 billion biennial budget outlined by Gov. Steve Beshear.

House Appropriations and Revenue chair Rick Rand says that that chamber’s budget will be virtually the same as the governor’s, specifically in the area of education. It  largely preserves Beshear’s requests for the funding formula known as SEEK  and implements raises for teachers.

He says that the biggest differences between the House’s proposal and the governor’s plan include rejecting new fees for county property valuation administrators, as well factoring in pay hikes for Legislative Research Commission staff despite cuts to that agency.

“The challenges we had to face were twofold. One was the PVA issue, which obviously we didn’t accept. And then we really felt that, you know, with the governor just took the LRC budget and cut it five percent. it didn’t allow for state employees pay raises, or LRC employee pay raises, or increased cost of retirement, so we added those in.”

Rand says the committee will likely pass a budget bill Tuesday, and he expects the full House to approve the measure on Wednesday.

After that, it will head to the Republican-led Senate.