Stumbo predicts speedy turnaround on proposed budget with negotiations to begin Monday

03/23/2012 02:20 PM

House Democratic leaders say a budget compromise is likely, and expect the middle ground can be reached by the end of next week.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, told reporters at the Capitol Friday that the two chambers were fairly close. He said some missing pieces from the House version of the budget — such as the use of multi-county coal severance tax money to pay for scholarships for Eastern Kentucky students to go to college — could have been a hold out as a negotiating point for senate budget plans.

“We may have approached it in a different manner but at least we’re addressing the issues,” Stumbo said. “If that’s the case we ought to be able to come to some middle ground to formulate a budget.”

A conference committee to help negotiate the budget plans is expected to meet on Monday.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or



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