Kentucky Lawmakers Approve Budget

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers have given final
approval to a two-year, $19 billion state budget.

The House voted 74-21 late Wednesday night just three hours
after the Senate approved the spending plan on a 35-3 vote.

Legislators were working under a self-imposed midnight deadline
to get the spending blueprint to Gov. Steve Beshear for
consideration. By law, the legislature must adjourn by April 15.

The austere budget limited cuts for state universities to 3 percent, and promises public school teachers and employees 1 percent raises in each of the next two fiscal years.

Beshear has 10 days to act on the proposal.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Pam Location: Fleming Co. on Apr 2, 2008 at 04:05 PM
    I think lawmakers are funny people now, real comedians. If you think any teacher OR state employee is happy receiving a 1% raise then it's time for a good laugh. Would you be? I think not. With the price of gas and groceries that 1% raise in pretty much non-existant. The legislative budget is getting their 5% though, isn't it??? Well all I have to say is you get what you pay for. I don't think any of you has any right to say anyone receiving the 1% raise should be happy. That is not even a reasonable statement to make.
  • by J Location: KY on Apr 2, 2008 at 03:27 PM
    What happened to the Lottery funding education? That is what it was supposed to do over 20 years ago when it was instated...where has all that money gone?
  • by c Location: fkt on Apr 2, 2008 at 12:48 PM
    All I can say is you guys had better pass a budget because as a taxpayer I don't want to have to pay you for a special session. You've robbed the taxpayer's as it is by not passing a budget BEFORE all the other junk was passed! Yes, I said junk! You spend the first month on the casino issue which should have been put off to the last minute, there was NEVER enough support for it. That time should have been used to pass a budget. Perhaps if you have to close state government down, then next time you all will do the job you are paid to do! Or better yet, citizens will wakeup & get rid of every last one of you!

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