Some storms are possible during the morning and afternoon on Tuesday. Damaging winds and flooding will be the main threats. With an already soaked ground, expect strong winds to easily bring down some trees.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - With an April 15 deadline approaching, lawmakers are preparing to turn their full attention to the state's cash-strapped budget.
House Speaker Jody Richards said Friday that legislative leaders are hoping to find additional revenue for education despite projections that Kentucky faces a $900 million revenue shortfall over the next two years.
Members of six budget subcommittees are scheduled to gather privately Sunday at the Capitol to pick through a proposed $18.5 billion behemoth in the first of a series of meetings.
"For the next two weeks, our emphasis will be on the budget," said Richards, D-Bowling Green.
Gov. Steve Beshear has described the state's financial outlook as grim. In addition to the impending shortfall, revenues fell some $434 million this year alone.
Beshear, in his budget proposal, called for substantial cuts in a variety of government programs because of the declining revenues. To help ease or eliminate at least some of those cuts, state Rep. David Watkins, D-Henderson, is proposing an increase in the state's cigarette tax, which is currently 30 cents per pack. He wants to raise the tax to $1 per pack, a move that would generate an extra $200 million a year.