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KENTUCKY GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES TWO YEAR BUDGET PROPOSAL
posted 01/24/2014 by wkcarroll@highland.net

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear addressed the General Assembly during a joint session in Frankfort this week, laying out his plan for the two year budget which must be approved by lawmakers this year. In the speech, Beshear focused heavily on education spending in the state saying that he is proposing $98.6 million in budget cuts nearly across the board for state government as a way to offset proposed increases in spending for elementary and secondary education. The plan would call for a hike in the per-pupil spending across Kentucky to its highest level ever. A 2.5% cut to universities, community and technical colleges and the state police would come in the first year of the budget to help provide more funding for elementary and secondary level education. Other agencies would see a 5% cut in their budget the first year and would remain steady in the second year of the budget. The total two year budget proposed by Governor Beshear is $20.3 billion in the General Fund and must now be hashed out by lawmakers for final approval this session.

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