Governor Beshear To Talk Cuts During Budget Address

Governor Steve Beshear will talk cuts and plenty of them in Tuesday night's budget address to a joint session of the general assembly.

The governor is expected to get into specifics about how the state will tighten its belt.

He's expected to say that nothing, including education, can be spared completely from the cuts.

Beshear has said Kentucky is in a budget crisis and is in a budget shortfall of nearly $900 million over the next two years.

Beshear has already ordered three-percent cuts in all state agencies and public universities for the current fiscal year.


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  • by c Location: fkt on Feb 1, 2008 at 04:45 AM
    The governor can surely find the funds to keep education for our children, if he would just open his eyes! The 6 million for the polar bears comes to mind. And please don't tell me you have to spend money to make money! Not at the expense of our chilren's education you don't! Cut out some of the fat at the top of state government and you can save millions! Those assistance directors, commissioners and the like are USELESS positions CREATED only to fulfil campgain promises! Each one of those positions are $4000.00 per month or more that could be used to educate our children! The money can be found, if the elected officials would open their eyes and make some tough decisions, but they won't because they all have their pet projects and will take the money away from our children to get them! NONE OF THEM HAVE GUTS ENOUGH TO MAKE THE DECISION TO KEEP WHAT'S IMPORTANT: EDUCATION! I'll be showing my disgust with the lawmakers come election time!
  • by Silence Dogood Location: Hueysville on Jan 30, 2008 at 04:51 PM
    LOL!I look forward to watching Democrats defend Governor Beshear as he slashes vital Kentucky programs. I'm sure that most will just put the blame on the previous Governor (never mind the fact that we have always had another side to our government-Those elected to represent us in Frankfort). Spike, maybe if some of our elected representatives would have been as eager to work with previous adminstration we wouldn't be in this present financial "Crisis". Instead, they were too worried about how many Democrats or Republicans were being hired. Here's a ideal, how about a temporary freeze on our elected official's salaries,or their perks? Maybe the governer would like to refuse his annual salary? To even consider a cut in education is ridiculous. Doesn't our elected leaders understand that our children's education is what our Commonweaths's economic future depends on? I guess that whole "a lottery will fix all our economic woes" debate from years pass didn't work out so well did it?
  • by Joey Location: KY on Jan 30, 2008 at 05:08 AM
    Hey, here's a novel idea. I don't get a free car and gas from my company in order to drive to and from work or go someplace else to perform my job. Let's cut the fleet of government cars, especially those large engine, dual exhaust Crown Victorias which we know are extremely thirsty at the gas pumps. I'm not talking about taking them away from law enforcement, but the people I see driving on I-75 heading South at the end of each day are not cops. Plus, they drive like a bat out of hell doing more than 80 mph.
  • by Yes Folks on Jan 30, 2008 at 04:12 AM
    SPIKE LEE has spoken so all is well...LOL!
  • by Jethro Location: Rat Cheer on Jan 29, 2008 at 07:12 PM
    Spike: It's funny you didn't mention the demeanor of Sen.s Clinton, Obama, and Kennedy during our president's address last night. I was amused by Ms. Pelosi's having to look to her party members for approval, as every good puppet should, before she would applaud, stand, or do anything other than try to look as though she was reading along as President Bush spoke. Her frequent remarks to Vice President Cheney made her look like a giddy schoolgirl on her first out of town feild trip, not the person who is second in the line of succession.
  • by Diane on Jan 29, 2008 at 02:09 PM
    Your gonna have to make bit cuts in education to finance your casino gambling. How else will you get approval from the people if you don't throw a few kids out of the free lunch or after school programs.
  • by keaton marcum Location: booneville on Jan 29, 2008 at 02:03 PM
    He must have rocks for brains if plans on cutting education and public library funds. Even an eight year old knows this is dumb idea. Cut your salary and that will put us back on course.
  • by Matthew Location: Lexington on Jan 29, 2008 at 12:09 PM
    Let me guess... Casinos will cure everything.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 29, 2008 at 11:16 AM
    Maybe Mitch McConnell can help out. After all he was able to get money into the US budget for an Old Grand Dad Whiskey Museum. I just don't know how we have got along without this type museum. Perhaps the art of whiskey making shud be taught in our schools as well.
  • by cat on Jan 29, 2008 at 10:03 AM
    Can't be any worse than the previous gov.
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