Legislators Say Budget Fix May Come Next Week

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers say they're hoping to pass a possible fix to the state's immediate budget woes by next week.

Legislative leaders say they're hoping to send a plan to Gov. Steve Beshear by next Friday that will address Kentucky's $456 million budget shortfall.

Senate President David Williams, a Burkesville Republican, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, a Democrat from Prestonsburg, met with the governor in private on Friday morning. Neither offered details on what the plan could include.

Beshear has proposed raising the state's tax on cigarettes by 70-cents per pack. Williams says a hike that high is not likely.

Stumbo says leaders have a tentative agreement that includes a blend of higher alcohol and tobacco taxes.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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