Kentucky House Passes Biennial Budget

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) -- It was a spirited three plus hour discussion and debate about what to do with Kentucky's money for the next two years.

The Chairman of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford presented the budget bill that eventually passed 53 to 46.

It was very similar to what Governor Steve Beshear presented in January with a big focus on education and pay raises for state employees.

However, republicans and democrats both ended up talking about the Affordable Health Care Act and a failed amendment that wanted to take away Kentucky's health insurance market place and the medicaid expansion.

Here's some of what was said Thursday and why two area lawmakers voted against the budget.

"Republican leaders say they plan to use the vote as leverage in November when they try to take control of the House of Representatives. That's what we're talking about, Mr. Speaker if this budget doesn't pass our government will shut down. It's clear it'll shut down," Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford.

"So, I cast my no vote today Mr. Speaker, so our children won't have to pay for our excessive taxing, spending and borrowing down the road. So, please don't vote against my children and future generations. Vote no against this bill," said Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Rockfield.

"$2 billion in new debt, taking our state's debt level to 7.05% ladies and gentleman, 7.05%," said Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville.

As you can imagine the vote went pretty much along party lines with democrats voting for the budget and republicans against it.

It is clear though, both parties are certainly focused on November, the democrats have had the majority for almost 100 consecutive years.

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