Governor warns thousands may soon lose jobless benefits

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is warning that nearly
8,700 Kentuckians will stop receiving jobless benefits unless
Congress resolves an impasse that is holding up federal funding to
financially strapped states.
State lawmakers had counted on additional federal funds to help
pay for the rising cost of jobless aid and the Medicaid program
when they crafted a two-year budget earlier this year.
The funding was blocked last week by a Senate Republican
filibuster, leaving Kentucky facing a $238 million budget gap.
Beshear said he will continue to lobby Kentucky's federal
delegation in hopes of getting a six-month extension of the
The Democratic governor said Congress needs to understand the
"critical need" Kentucky has for the additional federal funding.

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