Budget Cuts May Prompt Prosecutor Furloughs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The state's budget dilemma may throw off the scales of justice.

Prosecutors in Kentucky say a possible 4-percent budget cut in state funding could lead to giving furloughs to some in their ranks.

The state's Prosecutors Advisory Council has voted to give elected prosecutors the option of cutting staff salaries by 14 to 16 percent, giving one-week furloughs or laying off workers. More than 80 prosecutors attended the meeting.

The proposal was submitted to Gov. Steve Beshear on Friday, according to a press release.

Kentucky is facing a budget shortfall of more than $456 million in the fiscal year that ends June 30. Beshear has asked state agencies and public universities to report back to him the ramifications of a 4-percent slash in state funding.

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