Kentucky Lawmaker Points to Budget Cuts

Richmond, VA – Kentucky State Representative Robert Damron says the answer to current budget problems lies in spending reductions, at least for now.

Damron is among lawmakers and policy leaders from every state meeting in Richmond, Virginia. They are there for the annual meeting of the Lexington-based Council of State Governments.

Damron is a Democrat from Nicholasville and Vice Chairman of the Legislature's Interim Joint Appropriations and Revenue Committee. Damron says he does not see any support among Democrats who control the Kentucky House or Senate Republicans for tax increases. That means the Legislature and Governor Paul Patton will have to find about 145 million dollars in savings for the 2002-2003 fiscal year, and about 360 million for the next budget year.