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Posted: Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:40AM

Senators Humphries And Westerfield Discuss Budget

Senators Stan Humphries and Whitney Westerfield say they are pleased with the state budget that is headed to Governor Steve Beshear after passing the Kentucky House and Senate Monday. Humphries and Westerfield were among the 37 Senators who voted for the State budget Monday. Senator Humphries, who represents the First Senatorial District, says he is generally pleased with the compromises reached to allow a new building to be constructed at Hopkinsville Community College.

Humphries says he was also pleased to see funding for the new Breathitt Veterinary Center survive the Conference Committee.

Senator Humphries says he is continuing to monitor negotiations on the Six-year Road Plan that will likely be voted on when lawmakers return for the veto override days April 14th and 15th. Meanwhile, Senator Westerfield, who represents the Third Senatorial District, said he was pleased with the projects and the fact that the bonding for projects stayed just above six percent. Westerfield was one of three Senators to oppose the revenue portion of the budget for two reasons, number one being an alcohol tax.

Westerfield said he also had concerns about a change included in the revenue bill allowing promotion of the use of Kentucky Lottery proceeds.

Both Senators say they are pleased that the General Assembly left Frankfort with a budget that they feel will be signed into law by the Governor Steve Beshear.

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