Lawmakers begin special session

Kentucky lawmakers are working to tackle an aggressive agenda set forth by Governor Steve Beshear.

The issues they'll be considering include incentives for companies that bring jobs to the state, infrastructure projects, and slot machines at race tracks. But their number one priority will be to balance the state's budget.

The budget is forecasted to have a nearly $1 billion shortfall.

Republican Senate President David Williams said the budget issues are not as bad as the Governor is saying they are.

Williams has also voiced his opposition to the special session indicating that most of the holes in the budget will be filled by federal stimulus money.

One of the more controversial proposals being considered by lawmakers will be whether or not to add slot machines to horse racing tracks.

Governor Beshear supports slot machines saying they will allow Kentucky tracks to compete with tracks in other states that already have slots. Williams says he has an alternative plan to help race tracks that includes taxing lottery tickets.

Other issues on the agenda for this special session include bridge projects in Louisville and Henderson and incentives for businesses that bring more jobs to the Commonwealth.

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