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Lawmakers build budget to create jobs.

Kentucky House leaders wrapped up work
Friday on a state budget blueprint for the next two years that
proposes funding a flurry of construction projects aimed at
creating thousands of jobs to help ease the state's high
unemployment rate.
The approximately $17.5 billion spending plan relies on budget
cuts, revenue enhancements and other steps to plug a shortfall
exceeding $1 billion for the two years beginning July 1.
The plan includes about $1 billion in bonding for school
construction, water and sewer projects and road building, House
leaders told reporters. About $500 million of that amount would go
toward construction in school districts and on community and
technical college campuses, said Rep. Rick Rand, chairman of the
House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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