Budget Proposal Clears Hurdle

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A proposed $17 billion, two-year state budget has sailed through the House budget committee in an effort to avoid a partial shutdown of Kentucky's government.

The measure won bipartisan support Tuesday, though several lawmakers called the spending plan inadequate. The proposal heads to the full House, where a vote is expected Wednesday.

Lawmakers are trying to expedite budget work to limit their special session.

Democratic state Rep. Don Pasley of Winchester said he's not happy with the budget proposal, but said a bad budget is better than no budget.

Thousands of state workers face layoffs if lawmakers fail to enact a new budget before July 1. Lawmakers were unable to pass a budget during their regular session, which ended in mid-April.

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