State Budget Director Mary Lassiter is cautiously optimistic about Kentucky’s economic outlook. She told lawmakers in Frankfort revenue and road fund receipts are up, and unemployment is slightly down.
Two days of legislative hearings on containing the spiraling costs of Medicaid in Kentucky were held this week in Frankfort. The General Assembly created a 12-member task force, co-chaired by Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, and Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, R-Southgate.
Unions representing more than half of Kentucky’s 32,000 state workers are complaining about furloughs announced last week by Gov. Steve Beshear.
By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio In Frankfort late Saturday night, Kentucky lawmakers wrapped up their work in what turned out to be a six-day special session on the budget. Friday night, lawmakers approved a $17 billion biennial budget, but still needed to pass a state road plan and an operating budget for the Transportation… Continue reading Lawmakers Finish Special Session In Frankfort
By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio A new biennial state budget is on its way to the Kentucky Senate. The House voted 94-4 for a compromise spending plan that cuts most state agency spending by three-point-five percent the first year, and one percent the second. Former House budget chairman Harry Moberly voted ‘yes,’ but lashed… Continue reading Kentucky House Approves Budget
By Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio A special session of the Kentucky General Assembly has begun in Frankfort. Breaking the House and Senate impasse over a new state budget is at the top of the agenda Senate President David Williams sees no big problems with a compromise spending plan crafted by Governor Steve Beshear. Hoping… Continue reading Special Session Underway In Frankfort
By Rick Howlett The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved a tentative budget for fiscal 2010-2011, but because Kentucky lawmakers have not adopted a state spending plan, the JCPS budget is based on some assumptions. “What we have done is assumed the Senate bill version, the last version we’re aware of, which really was… Continue reading New JCPS Budget Includes Some Assumptions
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear still wants to call a special session on the budget this month, but isn’t yet ready to announce a date. Beshear says he continues to discuss the state’s financial situation with House and Senate leaders. “I think that we’re making some progress, but we will continue working through the next few… Continue reading Beshear: Budget Talks Continue
Kentucky House and Senate leaders say the best way to end the state’s budget impasse is for Gov. Beshear to offer a new state spending plan. Beshear says he did that in January. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh has been following the back-and-forth at the State Capitol.
By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio Gov. Steve Beshear is warning of dire consequences if Kentucky lawmakers don’t pass a budget by July 1. Beshear says a partial shutdown of state government could result in no Kentucky State Police, no mine inspectors or mine rescue units, no Medicaid, no money for universities and the closure… Continue reading Beshear: Lack Of Budget Could Be "Cataclysmic"