Governor Warns House Budget Could Cause Layoffs

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says the budget
approved by the House this week would likely force spending cuts
and perhaps layoffs.

The governor said Thursday he's still pushing his plan to
bolster the state's 30-cent-per-pack cigarette tax by 70 cents. He
wants to use part of that revenue to borrow money to help the state
through the next two years.

House lawmakers approved a nearly $19 billion, two-year state
spending plan that includes a 25-cent-per-pack increase in the
cigarette tax. The spending plan will next be taken up by the

Beshear said the spending plan assumes unrealistic savings and
pushes excessive debt payments into the future. He said layoffs
would be a possibility, but added that he wants to try to avoid
such a scenario.

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  • by I Location: East Ky on Mar 15, 2008 at 09:24 PM
    Remember the "GOV" in Blazing Saddles? Do you see any similarities with the one we have now! Think he will sign a new bill like he thought he did in the movie? Hospitals for the gambling insane?
  • by Crystal Location: Lexington on Mar 15, 2008 at 06:30 PM
    Even if taxes are raised on cigarettes people are still going to buy them. It could create more criminal acts such as stealing... Cutting jobs, lay-offs?? What is that going to help? People will lose their homes...There is plenty of money; the question is where is it going? How much money has been spent on this war? How much is going to be spent on these "casnios"? I am concerned about what's in store for American's these days. We are in a recession...who is going to admit it first?
  • by Bill on Mar 15, 2008 at 06:09 PM
    Look we have wild life officers issuing highway tickets,and then going around threating to take people ATVs,when they get on so called we pay for.=All so deputys putting people in jail on false charges,so the county can steal thier rightfull land.For any no# of false reasons.people filling the creeks to make more land,but nothing done if your the right party.we have no justice no hope of justice.Wild aminals being turned on to our farms,then we are dared to fight back,or to jail you go.they run new ater lines and hook up thier friends free while the rest of us face big cash payments.What kind of goverment is this??People being forced to pay garbage bills on empty buildings.kentucky is no place to live anymore,not for decent folks any way.The police have become more dangerous then the crooks???????=Fire them all!!!!
  • by Don Location: Williamsburg on Mar 15, 2008 at 06:07 PM
    When they are running for office they tell you how great they are and what they can do for Ky.When they get elected the first thing they say, well i didn,t know just how bad a mess things are in, we will have to raise taxes. Are they saying they never looked at the budget or watched any news ,read a newspaper,talked to anyone in frankfort before they ran for this office.I can,t belive or old Ky home might have a liar sitting in the top spot.Blue moon of Ky may have a new meaning.I belive 1 nickel (thats five pennies gov.) on each can of beer or mixed drink would get you more money , than taxes the #$%^ out of Cigarettes. I will drive to Tn.and pay their tax before i will give it to you even if it cost more.
  • by Jenny Location: stanton on Mar 15, 2008 at 07:58 AM
    Got Fat?? Frankfort has and plenty to spare. I am all for raising the cigarette taxes for the health and well being of Kentuckians. I look at it as curbing and helping our youth to kick the habit. House cleaning needs to begin in Frankfort. Our politicians in Frankfort do not hesitate to ask for raises for themselves while others suffer at their expense and the taxpayers of Ky.
  • by Jeff Location: Irvine on Mar 15, 2008 at 06:21 AM
    Isn’t it always the answer to raise taxes before trying to eliminate waste? God forbid any one should ever be laid off when their position is a waste of money in the first place. The problem in Frankfort and Washington is simple, most politicians have lost all touch or simply don’t care about the people they are suppose to represent. If they all had the same pay checks and health care or lack of that the rest of do, then maybe they could finally do something good instead of trying to legally take everything we have extra. And didn’t the Governor just a month ago try and cut the budget to a point that colleges said as many as 700 people could have been laid off? Now to wants to avoid layoffs? I’m confused he changes course faster then a five year old on a playground.
  • by don Location: lexington on Mar 14, 2008 at 06:04 PM
    he wants smokers to try to get kentucky out of debt,who will the 75 cent tax affect the middle and lower class. are you sure you are democrat governor?
  • by Bill on Mar 14, 2008 at 03:30 PM
    For goodness sake lay them off.about half should be about right. we will never miss fact the state will become a better place to live.Just think all those vec. and all the gas we have to buy,that alone is worth it.
  • by Solo Location: Ky on Mar 14, 2008 at 11:57 AM
    They of course took are of themselves with a raise. Legislative branch!
  • by haleycat Location: northern ky on Mar 14, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    what's he gonna do when people stop buying cigarettes, better come up with a better idea than that one
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