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Budget will be legislators priority

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VLTs, legislative pensions, abortion legislation likely to be on the agenda, Higdon says

By Stephen Lega

The state budget forecast is gloomy, no matter who you ask.

The Consensus Forecasting Group is projecting a budget shortfall of $900 million during the next two years, and that's the optimistic view.

Gov. Steve Beshear told legislative leaders last week that the CFG's forecast did not include some expenses, such as retirement contributions, increasing health insurance costs and prison population growth. As a result, the Governor's office is anticipating a shortfall closer to $1.5 billion.


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