Budget cuts should be judicious and should spare education, Ky. Democrats say

02/14/2011 08:28 PM

Whether it’s cutting budgets or rooting out wasteful spending, government should be focused on freeing up the most funding possible for priorities such as education, two key Democrats said Saturday.

“When times are tough, we do have to tighten our belts — but not at the expense of our future,” state Auditor Crit Luallen told more than 150 Democrats at the Fayette County Democratic Party Gala on Saturday night in Lexington.

Luallen, speaking on behalf of Gov. Steve Beshear, said the state and federal government must work to balance the budget but without risking falling further behind other countries in the area of education.

U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, specifically criticized congressional Republicans’ plans to cut $61 billion in actual spending from this year’s budget.

Among the funding on the chopping block is the Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which Chandler said would be a mistake to eliminate.

- Ryan Alessi with video produced by Kyle Lizenby


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