Ky. Governor, Legislative Leaders On Statewide TV

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and the leaders of the House and Senate are scheduled to appear on statewide television Monday night.

Beshear will be discussing Kentucky's budget woes with Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo. They'll be on Kentucky Educational Television's "Kentucky Tonight" hosted by Bill Goodman.

The show will be broadcast live from the Kentucky Capitol. Kentucky is facing a $456 million budget shortfall in the fiscal year that ends June 30.

Beshear has proposed raising the state's cigarette tax by 70 cents a pack to $1 to help balance the budget. Stumbo has proposed the legislature allow video gambling machines at Kentucky's race tracks to come up with the money.

Lawmakers are to begin working on the matter Tuesday. The House and Senate Appropriations and Revenue committees have scheduled a
joint meeting on the matter.

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