Governor Beshear vetoes portions of bare-bones state budget

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has used his line-item
veto power to delete some spending proposals that lawmakers added to a bare-bones budget proposal.

Beshear released a statement Wednesday saying he had stricken
"several provisions of the budget which add new obligations, limit
necessary flexibility, and reduce the ability to manage this
budget."

Among them were earmarks for a variety of new initiatives that
lawmakers wanted to pay for by cutting $80 million from existing
government programs.

Beshear said the $19 billion budget was the most difficult since
he took office because of revenue losses triggered by a lingering
economic recession that the state is slowly rebounding from.

Lawmakers who reconvene Thursday for the last day of a
legislative session could override the vetoes.
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The legislation is House Bill 265.

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


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