Kentucky House approves 2-year spending plan

The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a two-year operating budget on the last day of the legislative session.
The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives reached a compromise with the Republican majority in the state Senate earlier this week. The Senate approved the budget earlier in the day.

The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk for his review. He can veto portions of the budget. Lawmakers cannot override his vetoes because they passed the bill on the last day of the legislative session.
House budget chairman Rick Rand, a Democrat, said the budget spends more money to increase the eligibility for public preschool programs. It cuts spending for the state constitutional officers, including the attorney general and the secretary of state, by a little more than 3 percent.

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