Budget Impasse Remains

Just a few weeks remain and the most important issue...the budget..is still unresolved. And the impasse between the Governor and members of his own party remains.

Governor Beshear doesn't agree with a House budget that's now on its way to the Senate. The spending plan raises taxes on cigarettes and some services. But the Governor also fears its affect on some social services and state jobs. But Budget committee chairman says the Governor needs to back their plan..and stop worrying..and spreading fear.

Next up for the budget is the Senate..where the tax hikes are going to have a hard sell.

The Governor is expected to appeal to the Senate for possibly a different plan than the house passed. Some house leaders question his motives.


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  • by ANOTHER CONCERNED STATE WORKER Location: NORHTEASTERN KY on Mar 15, 2008 at 07:14 PM
    I ALSO WORK IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM.THE DEPUTY CLERKS AND CLERKS ARE THE ONES WHO KEEP THE COURT SYTEMS RUNNING BUT YET THEY ARE THE ONES GOING TO TAKE THIS BIG HIT. IT IS SAD THAT SOME OF US WHO HAS 10 YEARS IN CAN GO TO A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT & MAKE MORE MONEY. THE COURTS WILL PROBABLY LOSE A LOT OF GOOD WORKERS BECAUSE OF THIS AND WHO IS GOING TO DO IT THEN? NOBODY IS GOING TO WANT TO WORK WITHOUT DECENT PAY. I DONT THINK WE SHOULD GET AN OUTRAGEOUS SALARY, I JUST THINK WE SHOULD GET A FAIR SALARY.
  • by a concerned state worker Location: eastern ky on Mar 15, 2008 at 05:11 AM
    I am a state employee in the Judicial system and if our budget is cut I don't see how offices can operate. Although the A & R did allow for deputy clerks it cut our current budget spending and we took a huge cut in the budget the last session. It surprises me that county attys. were given money, comm. atty, (not cut their current budget but added money. Did legislation take cuts, no money added there too. The court systems are the ones hurting and that is where the biggest part of the work lies. Without us, what would the others who GOT money do? Does Not even make sense.
  • by steve on Mar 14, 2008 at 07:28 PM
    Good job this governor is a liar .
  • by c Location: fkt on Mar 14, 2008 at 03:59 PM
    Yeah! They have wasted most of this regular session on the casino issue INSTEAD of the MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE...THE BUDGET! Guess us taxpayers will have to pay for a special session, just to get these clowns to do the ONE job they were elected to do...pass a budget! No other issue should be addressed in any REGULAR session UNTIL THE BUDGET HAS BEEN PASSED & SIGNED! Then you can work on the other issues! The governor is just mad because they lawmakers don't want him to hire ALL HIS FRIENDS in the soon to be vacant state government positions! I'm a smoker & I have no problem with the 25 cent tax hike, but if they raise it to 70 cents, then I'll just quit, so they WON'T BE GETTING ANY TAX MONEY FROM ME! Then where is all their windfall going to come from? I think all the smokers ought to boycott cigerette purchases for about a month after this tax hike, then they them see where the money is going to come from. Do what I'm doing, buy your cigerettes now, before their tax hike!

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