$17.5 billion budget passes house after lengthy debate

Late Wednesday afternoon, House lawmakers approved a proposed $17.5 billion dollar budget. It passed by a vote of 65-33.

The two year budget calls for two fewer instructional days at schools, slight cuts to higher education, and changes to health insurance.

It calls for more than $1 billion in bonding for construction projects, and proponents say the result will be thousands of new jobs

The budget also adds 10 million for social worker security and safety. It's brought up by complaints after the death of Boni Frederick, killed during a home visit. Her colleagues rallied for more funding in the rotunda just before the budget debate.

House Bill 290 also calls for millions in restored funding for KET, help for services such as Meals on Wheels, and it calls for the Governor to curb the number of political employees.


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