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Fri April 23, 2010
Beshear Meets With Williams & Stumbo Hoping For Budget Agreement
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo met for two hours with the governor, but afterwards, the lawmakers had nothing to say to reporters. Gov. Beshear says there's still much work ahead before he calls a special session, but the meeting leaves him hopeful. "There are no guarantees, and I know that. And I'm sure in the days ahead this process will probably break down ten times, because that's just the nature of the process. But I'm determined to get a budget for the people of this state, as bad as that budget's gonna be. And it will be a bad budget."
Because there's no money, says Beshear. The governor says as for as he's concerned, the new spending plan should not raise taxes, not include any significant debt and not cut education.