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Governor to discuss tax plan with top lawmakers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is expected to pitch his plans to revamp Kentucky’s tax code in a meeting with legislative leaders next week, beginning what the House’s top leader said Friday could be an “uphill struggle.”

Beshear asked top lawmakers to meet with him Monday to talk about proposals that could affect taxpayers across the state, House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers said.

“Right now, it’s a wait and see,” Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, told reporters. “People are respectful of the governor … they respect his request to wait and see what his proposals are before we pass judgment on them.”

But Stumbo added that any tax overhaul effort would likely face “an uphill struggle.”

This year’s 60-day General Assembly session will be one-third complete Tuesday. Lawmakers still have to craft a new two-year state budget in a session in which elections are looming later in 2014.

Beshear spokeswoman Kerri Richardson said Friday that the governor will reveal his tax modernization plan to the public next week.


Student hit near Henderson school dies

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) - A western Kentucky high school student has died a day after being hit by a car as he walked across a road during morning school traffic.

The Gleaner in Henderson ( ) reports the death Friday of 18-year-old Bradley Randall was released by the Vanderburgh County, Ind., coroner’s office. Randall died at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind.

Authorities said the Henderson County High School student was hit just before 8 a.m. CST Thursday near the school by a car driven by a 16-year-old.

The Henderson County School System said counselors were being made available to students Thursday and Friday.


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