Budget negotiators trying to reach compromise

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Negotiators for the House and Senate have
begun talks to work through disagreements on spending priorities in
a bare-bones state budget.

A group of senators and representatives held their initial
meeting Monday morning. They were to resume talks Monday afternoon on the two-year, $19.5 billion budget.

The Senate passed a budget proposal late Thursday that would cut
spending in multiple ways. That included eliminating the lieutenant
governor's housing allowance, taking away proposed scholarships for Appalachian college students and scrapping cost-of-living increases in the monthly pension checks of some 200,000 government retirees.

Gov. Steve Beshear had called for sharp cuts to most government
agencies and programs when he initially presented his budget plan
to lawmakers in January. Lawmakers accepted most of those cuts.
The legislation is House Bill 265.

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

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