New Budget will Boost Education

By: Lori Mitchell
By: Lori Mitchell

Lawmakers ended the 2005 General Assembly session on a high note, passing a state budget, a new tax plan, and promising to make state roads safer.

Tuesday morning, House Speaker Jody Richards, Senator Brett Guthrie, and State Representative Jim Decesare shared some of the session's highlights with a crowd at Bowling Green's Chamber of Commerce.

"It represented a lot of hard work. It represented a lot of working together and I guess the greatest accomplishment from my standpoint was the House, Senate, Democrats and Republicans all working together for the common good of the Commonwealth."

Speaker Richards said improving education in Kentucky was one of lawmaker's top priorities this legislative session.

"We have to make sure the funding is there and the programs are there so our kids can have a good opportunity for the best education in America."

Speaker Richards says he's optimistic Kentucky kids will benefit from the 61% of the budget that'll be used to help improve education.
However, he'd like to see even more funds going in that direction next year.

"The youngsters are the wave of the future. Our teachers are doing a wonderful job, our students are passing those in other states, we need to continue that."

Overall, Kentucky ranks 37th in education, followed by Tennessee which is 41st.

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