From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh
Gov. Steve Beshear wants to meet with the top two leaders of the Kentucky General Assembly in the ongoing effort to secure a new state budget.
In a letter to Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, Gov. Beshear recommends the three meet as soon as possible to establish a process for resolving the state’s budget situation.
Lawmakers left Frankfort last Thursday without passing a new biennial budget.
Beshear says he understands the House and Senate were very close to agreement, and urges the leaders “to not waste the hard work that has already been done, to pick up where you left off and resolve the short list of outstanding issues.”
There was no immediate response to the letter from either man.
Gov. Beshear intends to call a special session in May, in hopes of getting a budget agreement before June 1st. The new budget cycle begins July 1st.