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Governor Beshear orders 2 percent cuts to state agencies

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has ordered most state
agencies to cut their spending by 2 percent to help balance the
state budget this fiscal year.

Budget Director Mary Lassiter told lawmakers Tuesday that she
believes layoffs would be "very minimal" if necessary at all. But
she said the various agencies will have to determine that.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Lassiter told
lawmakers no mandatory unpaid furloughs are planned
(http://bit.ly/rRKdyY ).

Some state programs would be spared from the 2 percent cuts,
including basic school funding, Medicaid, corrections, universities
and student financial aid.

Beshear has to trim $189.9 million in this year's budget. The 2
percent cuts will account for $29 million of that.
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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
http://www.kentucky.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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