Commonwealth Policy Center

The Kentucky legislature passed a one year budget and did so in an unusual fashion. They voted from their offices and away from their colleagues. This is the ultimate form of leading by example as governmental leaders practiced social distancing. The legislature usually passes a two-year budget but in light of the coronavirus pandemic, they anticipated that budgetary needs will radically change. Altogether, it’s an $11.6 billion budget but revenue projections are slated to be only about $11.4 billion, leaving a $200 million shortfall. This led Senate Pres. Robert Stivers to nearly vote against it.  The bill is now on the way to Gov. Andy Beshear where he can veto parts of it or the entire bill. The legislature returns April 14 and 15 for their veto override session.