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8:55 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Ky. House to Vote on Austere Budget by Next Week

 FRANKFORT, Ky.  The House is expected to vote on an austere state budget by the middle of next week.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he doesn't expect a lot of changes from Gov. Steve Beshear's original budget proposal presented to lawmakers in January.

Beshear's $19.5 billion, two-year budget proposal includes 8.4 percent cuts to most state agencies.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee is expected tovote on the budget on Tuesday. The measure could then be considered by the full House on Wednesday.

Beshear had declared "the day of reckoning has come" when he presented his budget proposal. Only education, public safety and a handful of other programs would be spared from cuts under his plan to close a $742 million shortfall.

The proposal includes no new taxes.