Kentucky Lawmakers Approve Budget

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers have given final
approval to a two-year, $19 billion state budget.

The House voted 74-21 late Wednesday night just three hours
after the Senate approved the spending plan on a 35-3 vote.

Legislators were working under a self-imposed midnight deadline
to get the spending blueprint to Gov. Steve Beshear for
consideration. By law, the legislature must adjourn by April 15.

The austere budget limited cuts for state universities to 3 percent, and promises public school teachers and employees 1 percent raises in each of the next two fiscal years.

Beshear has 10 days to act on the proposal.

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