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House, Senate Continue Budget Talks With Little Agreement

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers resumed their third day of
budget talks Thursday, with flashes of tension between the House
and Senate and few of their fiscal differences resolved.

Budgeteers spent Thursday scouring their budgetary differences
but few things were settled when talks broke for the night. They
did, however, agree to at least consider certain proposals that
could give the state millions more to work with over the next two
years.

"I have hope, I'm an eternal optimist," House Speaker Jody
Richards, D-Bowling Green, said. "I think we can get it done."

With the legislative clock ticking, more than 20 legislators
huddled around a conference table in the Capitol Annex to continue
the tedious process of examining each appropriation in which the
two chambers disagree in an effort to find common ground. They've
set a goal to finish deliberations by the weekend.

By law, the General Assembly must adjourn by April 15.

Kentucky is facing economic projections of a $900 million
revenue shortfall over the next two fiscal years beginning July 1.


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