FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear says it will be a "tough two years" as Kentuckians face widespread budget cuts as part of a spending plan winding through the General Assembly.
Beshear told reporters Thursday that there would be "a lot of pain associated" with implementing a $17.1 billion, two-year spending plan being considered by lawmakers this week.
The governor said the budget bill maintains priorities such as education and public safety, but said the state would have been better off if lawmakers had accepted the budget plan he offered in January. That proposal included a new revenue source by legalizing slot machines at Kentucky race tracks.
The Senate budget committee plans to take up the budget bill Thursday. The House voted Wednesday to pass the measure, which includes cuts across much of state government.