WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu January 20, 2005
Supreme Court Will Decide Budget
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide the on-going disagreement over the state budget.
Governor Fletcher is spending money without a budget since the General Assembly left last year without enacting a spending plan.
The court set a speedy schedule for all the parties involved in the case to file legal briefs and said there would be an oral argument on March 9th. There's no timetable for a decision.
Franklin County Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden has ruled that both sides have ignored or exceeded theor constitutional responsibilities...Fletcher for spending money without a budget, the legislature for failing to perform its constitutional task.
Crittenden, though, gace everyone until the end of the current fiscal year on June 30th to get it sorted out.
After that time, if there is no enacted budget or some sort of alternative spending plan, Crittenden says the state can spend money only on essential services...though he declined to define those.