Stumbo Says House Won’t Override Budget Vetoes, Giving Beshear the Final Word

by Kenny Colston on April 12, 2012

Governor Steve Beshear’s 45 vetoes to the executive branch budget will remain intact.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the House Democratic caucus chose not to override any vetoes, despite the objections of individual lawmakers.

“But collectively as a body the caucus chose to support the governor’s decisions to veto. He gave a very good presentation and the will of the body speaks,” Stumbo says.

Beshear line item vetoed many individual projects that lawmakers added to the executive branch budget. He also vetoed the Senate’s preferred language that would have required an additional 80 million dollars in cuts.

Because the House will not override, any action taken by the Senate is moot since it takes both chambers to override gubernatorial vetoes.

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