Our focus now turns to the potential of record lows tonight. Many areas may wake up to thermometer readings below zero.
They talked about the good, the bad and the ugly of the budget in the state House today. Only there wasn’t much good.
“The revenue bill does not include any new taxes,”said Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford.
But there was plenty of bad and ugly as lawmakers lamented the budget they overwhelmingly approved 94 to 4.
“But I am dismayed we continue to punish our state employees,” said Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway.
That’s because the budget allows the Governor to furlough state workers if need be. It spares the main funding formula for classrooms but does not include bonding money to replace old schools….and local school districts will have to pay for one day of instruction.
“Our children are our greatest treasure. And today we are turning our backs on our children,” said Rep. Derrick Graham, D-Frankfort.
Most of the discussion centered around education. Representative Harry Moberly blasted the Governor for not including charter schools on the special session’s call.
“$175 million for our schools. And we could have had a much better budget if we had that leadership,” said the retiring Moberly, D-Richmond,
“I think the Governor is to be commended…he did bring a compromise, although late,” said Ky. House Speaker and Rep. Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg.
Gov. Beshear issued a statement saying that he thanks Rep. Moberly for his years of service and “wishes him well in his retirement.”