FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Senate has passed its version of a $20 billion, two-year state budget that differs from the House's plan on some key points.
The plan that passed the Senate on a 25-2 vote Monday significantly reduces the amount of bonded projects.
The proposed Senate version restores a 2.5 percent cut in operating funds for universities included in the House's budget.
But the Senate plan removes a number of bonded construction projects for universities.
The Senate version also removes a proposed $65 million bond for Rupp Arena's renovation and a new convention center in Lexington.
The Senate plan preserves putting more money into the state's main funding formula for kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms.
House and Senate negotiators will try to iron out a final version of the budget in coming days.
The legislation is House Bill 235.
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