Kentucky Governor Will Make First Budget Request in New Year

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin will make his first budget request to the state’s General Assembly on Jan. 26.

Bevin will have had just two months since he was elected to craft a plan to account for the state’s soaring public pension debt and expanding Medicaid population.

Bevin, a businessman from Louisville who ran as a political outsider, has never held public office. He issued a statement earlier this month, complaining that he was facing a “financial crisis” left behind by former Gov. Steve Beshear.

Beshear disputed the allegation.

Bevin will deliver the State of the Commonwealth Budget Address to a joint session of the state Senate and House of Representatives at 7 p.m. Jan. 26.