House panel approves $4.5 billion road plan

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House budget committee has approved a plan to spend $4.5 billion on road construction during the next two years.

The plan includes $1.26 billion of state money and $2.5 billion in federal dollars. Lawmakers trimmed about $800 million from Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear's initial proposal.

The state money includes an extra $107 million from an increase in the gas tax House Democrats approved last week.

Most Republicans on the committee voted against the road bill. House Minority Whip John Carney accused Democrats of cutting projects in Republican districts to punish the minority party for voting against the gas tax increase.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said he expects the road bill to pass the House either Tuesday or Wednesday.

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