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4:43 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Kentucky Senate Passes New Two-Year Budget

The Kentucky Senate by a vote of 25-2 has passed a $20 billion, two-year state budget that differs from the House-passed plan on some key points. Eleven senators passed.

The version that emerged Monday significantly reduces the amount of bonded projects.

The proposed Senate version restores a 2.5 percent cut in operating funds for universities included in the House's budget.

But the Senate plan removes a number of bonded construction projects for the universities that the House backed.

The Senate version also removes a proposed $65 million bond for Rupp Arena's renovation and a new convention center in Lexington.

The Senate plan maintains putting more money into the state's main funding formula for kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms.

The Senate also backs funding cuts of 5 percent for many state agencies, as the House did.