Budget Talks Enter Seventh Day

Time is running out on Kentucky House and Senate budget negotiations, which resumed this morning.

This is day seven of the budget negotiations, which began last Tuesday. Senate President David Williams said Sunday the talks are at a sensitive point and the budget conferees are keenly aware of the time limitations they’re facing.

“As we said early, we require and the House agreed to us, that we’re going to have to have a budget without forgoing the opportunity to override any vetoes. We’re not going to do that again,” Williams said.

One of two veto override days in April could be moved forward to this week, but that still doesn’t leave budget conferees much time to reach a final agreement. This is day 57 of session, which by law cannot exceed 60 days.

Many other major issues, like ethics and pension reform, are also awaiting final action.