State budget proposal passes House committee

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A proposed $17 billion, two-year state
budget has sailed through the House budget committee in an effort
to avoid a partial shutdown of Kentucky's government.
The measure won bipartisan support Tuesday, though several
lawmakers called the spending plan inadequate. The proposal heads
to the full House, where a vote is expected Wednesday.
Lawmakers are trying to expedite budget work to limit their
special session.
Democratic state Rep. Don Pasley of Winchester said he's not
happy with the budget proposal, but said a bad budget is better
than no budget.
Thousands of state workers face layoffs if lawmakers fail to
enact a new budget before July 1. Lawmakers were unable to pass a
budget during their regular session, which ended in mid-April.

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