No Funding Cuts For State Parks

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky welcome centers would be closed
twice a week, but the state park system for now would be spared
budget cuts, under Gov. Steve Beshear's plan to offset a hulking
$456.1 million revenue shortfall.

Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Marcheta sparrow says the Kentucky Historical Society would face more than $273,000 in cuts, including a scaling back of educational tools that were being planned as part of the state's Lincoln Bicentennial.

Beshear last week proposed offsetting the projected $456.1 million budget shortfall by cutting spending in most agencies by 4 percent; boosting the state's cigarette tax 70 cents a pack and three-day unpaid furloughs for all state employees.

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