Politics
8:24 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Kentucky House Passes Budget Blueprint, with Vote Mostly Along Party Lines

Rep. Rick Rand (right) is chairman of the House Budget Committee.
Credit Kentucky LRC

The Kentucky House has passed a $20 billion, two-year state budget that closely follows the governor's spending recommendations.

House members voted 53-46 Thursday to send the bill to the Senate. It was generally backed by Democrats and opposed by Republicans.

The plan would pump more money into the state's main funding formula for K-12 education.

State employees, teachers and other school workers would receive pay raises.

It targets spending cuts for an array of state agencies to free up money for schools.

Republicans complained the plan includes too much new spending and more bond payments to support projects.  

Budget committee Chairman Rick Rand said its priorities will improve lives.