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Senate committee approves transportation budget

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Senate Appropriations and Revenue
Committee has approved a $4.5 billion transportation budget but not
before inserting language that would restore nearly $50 million for
road construction projects that had been vetoed by Gov. Steve
Beshear.

The spending measure now advances to the Senate floor for a
planned vote on Friday. It would provide funding to widen
interstate highways, expand airports and dredge river ports across
the state.

Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Bob Leeper cited a "fit of conscience" for his push to put the $50 million in road
projects into the transportation budget. Leeper said he felt the
projects, all of which were in Senate President David Williams'
district, had been unfairly stricken from the state's road
construction plan by Beshear.
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The legislation is House Bill 2.

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


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