Beshear Meets With Republicans Over State Budget

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Senate President David Williams says he doesn't consider Kentucky's current budget pinch a crisis.

Williams and other top Senate Republicans met Friday morning at the Capitol with Governor Steve Beshear about the budget. Beshear is planning an afternoon press conference in which he's scheduled to outline his plan to trim state spending.

Beshear announced last week that the state needs to cut about $290 million from the current budget that runs through the end of June. Otherwise, Beshear says, the state won't be able to pay all its bills.

Williams says the budget briefing with the governor was "pleasant." Williams says the budget crunch is an opportunity for state government to "tighten its belt."

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

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