No movement on Kentucky budget as legislative deadline nears
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers have not made progress on a two-year state-spending plan.
House and Senate leaders did not officially meet Monday after failing to reach an agreement last week. The state legislature is scheduled to adjourn for the year April 12. If lawmakers do not approve a budget by then, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin would have to call a special session in order to have a spending plan in place when the fiscal year begins on July 1.
If the legislature does not pass a budget by June 30, parts of state government would shut down. Federally mandated programs such as Medicaid and K-12 education would continue.
Senate Republicans have called for cuts to higher education in order to help the state’s public pension debt. House Democrats have refused any cuts to education.
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