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Kentucky House passes 2-year state spending plan

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House has passed a $20 billion, two-year state budget that closely follows the governor's spending recommendations.

House members voted 53-46 Thursday to send the bill to the Senate. It was generally backed by Democrats and opposed by Republicans.

The plan would pump more money into the state's main funding formula for kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms.

State employees, teachers and other school workers would receive pay raises.

It targets spending cuts for an array of state agencies to free up money for schools.

Republicans complained the plan includes too much new spending and more bond payments to support projects.

Budget committee Chairman Rick Rand said its priorities will improve lives.

Next up, the GOP-led Senate will put its imprint on the budget.

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The legislation is House Bill 235.

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