Budget tops issues awaiting Ky. lawmakers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers are set to open a legislative session dominated by work on a new state budget.

The House and Senate gavel in at noon EST Tuesday, starting a session stretching to mid-April.

Perennial issues to legalize casinos and reshape the tax code are expected to surface.

Education funding will be a key issue in writing the next two-year state budget.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says one of his priorities is raising the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour over three years.

Senate President Robert Stivers says one of his top goals is to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to restrict the governor's power to issue administrative regulations.

The session's first day will be capped by Gov. Steve Beshear's annual State of the Commonwealth speech.

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