House Democrats, Republicans to release budget plans

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Democrats and Republicans are scheduled to release a pair of dueling budget plans, but Democrats most likely will have the votes to win.

House Republicans have called a news conference at 9 a.m. to release their budget plan. House Democrats will release their plan Tuesday afternoon during a meeting of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has proposed spending cuts of $650 million over the next two years to begin to pay down the state’s multi-billion dollar pension debt. But House Democrats will most likely reject some of those cuts, especially for higher education.

Democrats will have a 53-47 majority in the state House of Representatives after winning three of four special elections last week. The new members are scheduled to be sworn in on Tuesday.