FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers have begun their third day of
budget deliberations in an effort to finish the state's two-year
spending blueprint by the weekend.
House and Senate lawmakers are going through 122 pages of
differences between their budgetary proposals. They're examining
each proposed appropriation to see where they can agree and where
they'll need further negotiations.
Legislators are working to find ways to offset a projected $900
million revenue shortfall.
For the first time in years, the public has access to the
inner-workings of state budget deliberations. In years passed,
reporters have been barred from the negotiation room, hallways have
been roped off and state police have stood guard.