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Fri April 16, 2010
Beshear "Disgusted" With Legislature
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear plans to call a special session on the budget next month, whether House and Senate leaders have a budget agreement or not. The governor lashed out at lawmakers Thursday for leaving Frankfort without approving a new state spending plan during the 60-day, 2010 session.
"I call upon the General Assembly to begin immediately working on a budget compromise and continue working until they come to a successful and responsible resolution, because I will call a special session in the month of May."
Beshear says he does not plan to put expanded gambling on the call of the special session, unless he's encouraged to do so. In January, lawmakers rejected Beshear's original budget proposal based on casino gambling and crafted their own spending plans. Arguments over bonded capital projects led to a House/Senate budget stalemate.