Gov. Matt Bevin critical of Senate-passed budget, revenue proposals

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Matt Bevin is critical of budget and revenue bills which have already passed the Kentucky Senate Monday.

Bevin was critical of the proposed budget, House Bill 200, and revenue plan, House Bill 366, after it passed the Senate. He is pushing for what he calls a "fiscally responsible" budget which does not "kick the can down the road."

"I am very concerned that the current proposals from the General Assembly may not meet these basic standards of fiscal responsibility," Bevin said, "It is our obligation to ensure that any budget and tax changes put Kentucky on a stronger financial foundation."

The Republican governor was previously complimentary of lawmakers' pension reform efforts, saying state retirement beneficiaries should be thankful for the legislators who passed Senate Bill 151.

The legislature must pass the budget and revenue plans Monday or else lawmakers will be unable to override a potential veto.