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Governor warns of shutdown

Governor Steve Beshear says vital state services will close unless lawmakers enact a budget by July 1st. The first rounds of cuts came Thursday. Kentucky's judicial system was hit with nearly $7 million in self-imposed cuts.

Governor Steve Beshear says vital state services will close unless lawmakers enact a budget by July 1st

 

Earlier this week the Governor instructed Cabinet secretaries to begin planning for a partial shutdown in case legislators don’t meet the deadline.

 

The first rounds of cuts came yesterday.

Kentucky's judicial system was hit with nearly $7 million in self-imposed cuts.

 

The cutbacks announced by Chief Justice John Minton Jr. will eliminate more than 100 jobs, abolish family and juvenile drug courts and trim the budgets of Kentucky's appellate courts.

 

Unless lawmakers reach an agreement, the Governor says all Kentucky state parks, tourism programs, the Cabinet for Economic Development and Office of the Medical Examiner would be shut down, and state-provided mine safety inspections and mine rescue teams would end.

 

Beshear admits the loss of inspectors could also force coal mines to close.

 

The Governor issued this dire warning.

 

(AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says vital state services will close unless lawmakers enact a budget by July1.

     

Beshear instructed Cabinet secretaries on Wednesday to begin planning for a partial shutdown in case legislators don't meet the deadline.

     

Beshear says he is working with legislative leadership to see if an agreement on a budget can be reached, "but we must know the implications of what we are facing if a budget is not enacted."

    

A 2005 Kentucky Supreme Court decision says the only expenditures allowable are those mandated by the Kentucky Constitution, the federal government or state statute.

     

Beshear says that could mean all Kentucky state parks, tourism programs, the Cabinet for Economic Development and Office of the Medical Examiner would be shut down, and state-provided mine safety inspections and mine rescue teams would end.

 

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(AP) Kentucky's judicial system was hit with nearly $7 million in self-imposed cuts Thursday that will be felt across all layers of courts.

     

The cutbacks announced by Chief Justice John Minton Jr. will eliminate more than 100 jobs, abolish family and juvenile drug courts and trim the budgets of Kentucky's appellate courts.

    

"It was my idea that the pain would be shared across the judicial branch, said Minton, who called the cuts the largest the state's court system has ever faced.

     

Minton briefed about 150 elected court officials about the cuts, which officials said were necessary to ensure a balanced judicial budget in the fiscal year beginning July 1. He then sent an e-mail announcing the reductions to elected and non-elected court workers across Kentucky.

     

The chief justice told reporters that the cuts were "simply the consequence of a reduced appropriation" from state lawmakers during this year's regular legislative session.

     

"The judicial branch is going to make every effort to live within its means," he said.

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