Kentucky House, Senate Leaders Resume Budget Talks

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky House and Senate leaders have resumed budget talks at the state Capitol.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers says the negotiations went very well and talks will continue into Thursday.

Stivers and Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo are members of a bipartisan committee attempting to come up with a compromise on how to spend more than $65 billion of public money over the next two years. Republicans have a majority in the Senate while Democrats have a majority in the House.

The legislature will reconvene on Tuesday for the final time this year. If lawmakers do not pass a budget, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin would have to call an expensive special session or risk a partial shutdown of state government services.

The main disagreement is over funding for higher education.