Kentucky legislature pushes $150 million parks plan

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Kentucky state parks

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky House Republicans want to borrow $150 million to fix-up the state’s park system.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee approved House bill 268 on Tuesday. It would authorize the Cabinet for Tourism, Arts and Heritage to spend $150 million in borrowed money over three years to do things like replace roofs and expand campgrounds at state parks, according to committee chairman Steven Rudy.

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The proposal is unusual because it would amend the state spending plan the legislature approved last year. Taxpayers would pay an extra $2.2 million in the fiscal year beginning July 1. Taxpayers would pay the rest of the money over about 20 years.

The committee also approved a bill that would exempt nonprofits from collecting sales taxes on admissions, including tickets to college sporting events.