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Posted: Friday, 14 March 2014 7:10AM

Divided Kentucky House Passes State Budget

The 2014-2016 State Budget is one step closer to the Governor's desk after gaining the approval of a divided house Thursday night. The Kentucky House of Representatives approved the budget 53 to 46. 8th District State Representative John Tilley voted for the budget, with Representatives Kenny Imes , Myron Dossett and Lynn Bechler voting no. Representative Tilley says he pleased that all local projects are still in the budget .

Meanwhile Representative Myron Dossett told the News Edge earlier this week he has some concerns about the state budget. He also said he thinks there are some priorities the Kentucky General Assembly needs to focus better on.

The spending plan includes nearly 100 million dollars in cuts. The budget also includes 189 million dollars in per pupil education spending, funding to expand pre-school for over five thousand four-year-olds, pay raises for state workers and teachers and nearly one billion dollars in bonded projects. The House also approved House Bill 445 which will set a minimum rate for the state gas tax, which will add 2.2 cents to every gallon of gas purchased in the state. The bill now heads to the State Senate.

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