Kentucky lawmakers still working to reach budget agreement before Friday

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Negotiations are set to resume Thursday morning as Kentucky lawmakers work to compromise and reach a budget agreement.

The big sticking points center around funding for pension and education. Republican leaders want to use about $300 million to pay down the state's massive public pension debt. Democrats though want to use that money towards education.

There have been several meetings among Senate and House leadership to try and reach a compromise. We're told Governor Matt Bevin has been involved in some of those discussions.

If lawmakers can reach an agreement and pass a budget by Friday, the House wants to delay the last day of the legislative session until April 15. That would give them the opportunity to override any vetoes by Governor Bevin.

If they can't reach an agreement by Friday, the general assembly would adjourn until April 12. That would mean legislators could not act on any vetoes that Governor Bevin hands down.

If a budget isn't passed by April 15th, Governor Bevin will have to call a special session before the fiscal year begins on July 1st.

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