Governor talks stimulus, budget, reducing restrictions


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Monday is the deadline for the governor to act on the recently approved state budget. And while he expects to meet the deadline, Gov. Andy Beshear says he plans to literally go through it line by line.

And more importantly, he hopes Congress will quickly act on a second round of stimulus that meets the needs of small business and just as importantly, gives assistance to state and local governments that are being decimated by revenue losses and will be the key to economic recovery (listen to governor’s comments in the attached video).

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“State and local budgets” must get assistance in any new stimulus or it will cause “worse harm than can imagine,” Beshear said Friday during his daily briefing when asked about the stimulus proposal now being crafted in Congress.

“It is really important,” he said.

As for the state budget, he said he will “sign some version” of the one-year budget approved by the Legislature.

The governor has line-item veto authority and he plans to exercise it, mainly on items that limit flexibility.

“Most of the issues are about flexibility…we need to be able to do what it takes to get through this,” Beshear said, referring to the ability to move money around as different needs arise. “I hope the Legislature is for maximum flexibility.”