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Wed June 24, 2009
Special Session Ends
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – Bridge funding and economic incentives were rolled into one bill. The budget reduction plan was in another. Both bills easily cleared the House and Senate. Active duty military personnel won't have to pay state taxes beginning in January, which will cost the state 18-million dollars a year. In these tight budget times, can the state afford it? House Speaker Greg Stumbo. "Yeah, I think we can. I just think that's the right thing to do. It's been around here a long time. It was high time we did it."
The eight day special session was called to fix a one billion dollar deficit in the state budget, but will forever be known as the session where a video slots bill passed the House, only to die in Senate committee.