Lawmakers Talk Budget and Airline Service in BG

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Area lawmakers got a chance to deliver their perspectives on this year's session and what's ahead.

A big theme that's remained constant this year is the budget and funding education.

Governor Steve Beshear's budget put a lot of money into K-12 education, but cut higher education institutions like WKU by 2.5%.

"The post-secondary education budget as Rep. Richards mentioned, we are looking for that money to avoid the 2.5% cuts," said Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Rockfield.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Wilson R-Bowling Green is making this a top priority.

"To see that restored to higher ed, but also to make sure we have adequate funding for our schools, because that's one of the things we've continually cut over and over again," said Wilson.

Several topics were discussed Monday, but there was another one that's a familiar issue to several in the bowling green area: commercial airline service.

"We're working with each one of these legislators on a daily basis trying to recruit a suitable airline to our community. We continue to grow a risk mitigation package to attract American Airlines or potentially United Airlines," said Bowling Green Warren County Regional Airport Manager Rob Barnett.

Rep. Jody Richards D-Bowling Green said he hopes they can get the money this year.

"Certainly scheduled air service is on our front burner. We've been working on that for years. I think it would be one of the most important things we could do for our community if we could get that done," said Richards.

Whether it's airline service or education funding, lawmakers still have quite a way to go.

The house is currently looking at the budget Gov. Beshear released back in January then it will go to the senate to make any adjustments.

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