The Governor has already sounded the alarm that lawmakers need to pay attention to the state's bleak financial condition. Some lawmakers agree.
"In my 22 years, [it is] one of the toughest situations as far as the budget goes. In the shortfall of revenue since I've been here," says House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook.
Legislators are being told the state's coffers don't have $500 million it needs to meet services. There is word that education could take a hit, even kindergarten through 12th grades.
But most here say they hope schools for the youngest Kentuckians don't suffer.
"By the same token, I think everything is on the table when the legislature is in session. Hopefully we will be able to meet the needs of education," says Rep. Danny Ford, R-Mt. Vernon.
Multiple lawmakers are asking for teacher raises; some want a sales tax holiday for certain times of the year. Another wants a mandate that college tuition won't increase for several years. But many here say many of the 300 plus pre filed bills are overshadowed by the state spending plan.
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