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Senate could vote as early as Thursday on budget

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Senate could vote as soon as Thursday on a two-year, $19.5 billion state budget.

Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Bob Leeper said that's the tentative plan. He emphasized that it is subject to change.

The Paducah independent, nursing a severe case of laryngitis, said his committee will "likely" meet Thursday afternoon to vote on General Fund appropriations. He said a floor vote could be held after that.

A Senate vote on the two-year, $3.5 billion Road Fund budget hasn't yet been scheduled.

The House has already passed the General Fund and Road Fund budgets.

Gov. Steve Beshear called for sharp cuts to most government agencies and programs when he initially presented his budget proposal to lawmakers.

The Senate hasn't divulged any proposed changes to the budget.

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