WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon March 17, 2014
Kentucky Senate Takes Turn Considering New Two-Year Budget
The Kentucky Senate works this week to put its mark on a two year budget. Members have been reviewing spending and program needs the last few weeks, but now it's decision time. Budget Committee Chair Bob Leeper says it's likely to make for some late nights.
"We haven't made any concrete decisions at this point. Want to watch and see how the House affected the budget, see what their priorities were," said Leeper. "Our job now is to spend late nights working on it and try to put what we think is a responsible budget forward when we get through with it."
The Kentucky House passed its version of the 20 million dollar budget last week. Senate leaders have complained the House plan contains too much borrowing.
"A pretty notable contrast that we want to do what we believe is fiscally responsible, that we want to have reasonable debt, we want to limit out structural imbalance," said Senate President Rob Stivers.
Stivers says the House sent the budget down to the Senate a couple of days earlier than previous years. He and House leaders anticipate getting together in a couple of weeks to attempt to iron out differences between the budgets passed in each chamber.