by Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio
The Kentucky General Assembly got most of its work done last night, when it approved a new state budget. But the week-long special session is still not over.
The budget logjam broke Friday afternoon, after a meeting between House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President David Williams in Williams’ office. As he emerged from the meeting, Speaker Stumbo announced the good news to a swarm of reporters.
“We’re all trying to accomplish the same things,” he said. “We were saying the same things. We just happened to be saying it in little bit different ways.”
At issue were dilapidated schools across the commonwealth, and the new budget addresses the problem.
“To make sure that the districts are given an opportunity – all of them – to build these Category Five schools, in a fair and equitable manner,” said Stumbo.
But negotiations on a new state road plan and a transportation budget resume this morning, as the special session – which is costing taxpayers $64,000 dollars a day – moves into day six