As we get closer to the start of the 2014 legislative session, it continues to be abundantly clear that Kentucky lawmakers are facing a difficult budget year.
For the past two days in Frankfort, key members of Gov. Steve Beshear’s budget staff have briefed House Democrats and Republicans on the challenges ahead. As we discussed yesterday on Kentucky Tonight, Budget Director Jane Driskell has told lawmakers details about the 2014-16 budget that could mean more spending cuts across many state agencies.
Legislators don’t have many options for generating new money in the next two years. Two ideas up for discussion by the General Assembly are comprehensive tax reform and a constitutional amendment to allow expanded gambling in the Commonwealth.
On Kentucky Tonight, a caller from Warren County proposed an idea about updating the tax codes that he thought legislators should consider.
Kentucky Tonight returns on Monday, January 6 with a preview of the upcoming General Assembly session. Our scheduled guests are Senate President Robert Stivers, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, and Senate Minority Leader R. J. Palmer.