Negotiators Start Talks over State Budget
Negotiators for the Senate and House have started talks to work out disagreements on spending priorities for a new state budget in Kentucky. A group of Representatives and Senators held their initial meeting this morning on the two year, 19.5 billion dollar budget.
The Kentucky Senate passed a budget proposal last Thursday that would cut spending in several ways. Those proposals included eliminating the housing allowance for the Lieutenant Governor and taking away proposed scholarships for Appalachian students. The Senate package also would have scrapped cost of living increases for monthly pension checks of about two hundred thousand government retirees.
Governor Beshear had called for sharp cuts to most government agencies and programs when he first presented his budget plan to lawmakers in January.