Governor Beshear calls for lawmakers to pass budget

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is calling for
lawmakers to reach an agreement on competing budget proposals in
the waning days of the legislative session so that he won't have to
call them back to Frankfort later to finish their work.

Negotiations have been underway since Monday between House and
Senate leaders try to reach a compromise on a bare-bones $19
billion budget that requires sharp cuts to most government agencies
and programs. They're hours from a self-imposed deadline for
reaching an agreement so that it can be voted on by the full House
and Senate by Friday evening.

Beshear told reporters Wednesday said Kentuckians won't accept
lawmakers leaving town without adopting a budget.

Leaders in the Democratic-controlled House and Republican-led
Senate have been optimistic that a deal will be reached.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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