FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Senate has approved a two-year spending plan that would release up to 2,000 felony offenders and relies on about $110 million in additional lottery proceeds.
The plan would allow for the release of nonviolent and nonsexual
felony offenders and place them in drug treatment programs or home
monitoring programs. State government could save up to nearly $50
million over the next two fiscal years under the proposal, lawmakers said.
Kentucky lawmakers are facing a grisly economic forecast based on sagging revenues and soaring expenses that has the state facing a projected revenue shortfall of approximately $900 million over the next two fiscal years starting July 1. That's on top of an approximately $434 million shortfall in the current fiscal year.
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