FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Latest on Kentucky’s budget negotiations (all times local):
Kentucky lawmakers have agreed to extend the deadline for approving a two-year operating budget of more than $65 billion for state and federal services.
Budget talks broke down late Sunday night. The legislature was scheduled to convene for the final time this year on Tuesday. The schedule would not give lawmakers enough time to vote on an operating budget.
Monday, House and Senate leaders agreed to move the legislature’s final day to Friday. That is the last day they could meet according to state law.
Budget negotiations are scheduled to formally resume at 1 p.m. Tuesday. If lawmakers do not pass a budget by Friday, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin would have to call them back for an expensive special session in order to avoid a partial shutdown of government services.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is pleading with lawmakers to extend their deadline for approving a two-year state spending plan.
House and Senate lawmakers ended budget negotiations late Sunday night without reaching an agreement. The legislature is scheduled to meet for the final time this year on Tuesday. But the latest they could meet under state law is Friday.
Bevin said state taxpayers expect lawmakers to pass a budget so the government can operate. He said he should not have to call lawmakers back to Frankfort for an expensive special session while they still have time to work out their differences.
House Democrats say they are willing to extend the deadline while Republican Senate leaders say they are not.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is encouraging state lawmakers to pass a budget before the legislature adjourns for the year.
Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said the Republican governor still hopes lawmakers can pass a budget without an expensive special session.
House and Senate lawmakers ended budget negotiations late Sunday night after declaring an impasse. The legislature is scheduled to meet Tuesday for the final time this year. Lawmakers could move their final day to as late as Friday to give them more time to reach a deal. But Senate Republican leaders said they would not support that move.
If lawmakers fail to pass a budget, Bevin would have to call legislators back for an expensive special session. Otherwise, portions of state government would shut down on July 1.
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