House passes state budget that imposes cuts

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The House has passed an austere executive
branch budget that imposes sharp cuts on most state agencies and

Even state and local government retirees took a hit in the
budget when lawmakers erased 1.5 percent cost-of-living increases
in their pension payments. That will affect some 200,000 retirees.

The House voted 78-17 to pass the budget, which now goes to the
Senate for consideration.

The budget calls for 8.4 percent cuts to most state agencies.

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

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