House to vote on budget Wednesday; Webb-Edgington votes against spending bills in committee

03/06/2012 11:33 PM

The state House is expected to vote on the two year $19.5 billion spending bill and the legislative and judicial branch budgets on Wednesday.

But one Republican lawmaker who is running for Congress opposed all three bills during Tuesday’s Appropriations and Revenue Committee meeting.

Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington, R-Fort Wright and one of seven Republicans running for the GOP nomination in the 4th congressional district, said she had concerns about funds known as block 50 funds, which are set aside for overtime payment for political appointees. She also said she had questions about travel budgets and interim pay for lawmakers. (Interim pay varies greatly among lawmakers, as Pure Politics reported last fall.)

The House version of the budget kept in tact many of the funding levels proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear in January, including 8.4 percent cuts to many agencies and 6.4 percent to universities and 2.2 percent cuts to the Kentucky State Police. It also keeps in $21 million extra over the two years to hire more social workers and support staff.

It did make some changes, as the budget chairman, Rep. Rick Rand, D-Beford, explained:

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