Kentucky Agencies Brace for Budget Cuts

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky government agencies are bracing
for possible budget cuts as Gov. Steve Beshear crafts a proposal to
deal with a $456 million budget shortfall.

From prosecutors to public educators, officials say further cuts
in state funding could be "devastating" to their agencies.

Beshear asked state government and public university officials
to show how a 4-percent budget cut would affect them. Beshear
spokeswoman Jill Midkiff says the governor is reviewing those
reports and is expected to release a proposal to deal with the
budget shortfall later this week.

Kentucky lawmakers approved a two-year $19 billion state budget
earlier this year. But state revenue has not kept pace with
expectations, and the state is projected to be $456 million short
in the fiscal year that ends June 30.

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