FRANKFORT — A budget proposal in the Kentucky House will closely resemble the $20 billion biennial budget outlined by Gov. Steve Beshear.
House Appropriations and Revenue chair Rick Rand says that that chamber’s budget will be virtually the same as the governor’s, specifically in the area of education. It largely preserves Beshear’s requests for the funding formula known as SEEK and implements raises for teachers.
Rand, a Bedford Democrat, says that the biggest differences between the House’s proposal and the governor’s plan include rejecting new fees for county property valuation administrators, as well factoring in pay hikes for Legislative Research Commission staff despite cuts to that agency.
“The challenges we had to face were twofold. One was the PVA issue, which obviously we didn’t accept,” Rand says. “And then we really felt that, you know, with the governor just took the LRC budget and cut it five percent. it didn’t allow for state employees pay raises, or LRC employee pay raises, or increased cost of retirement, so we added those in.”
The committee will likely pass a budget bill Tuesday, and he expects the full House to approve the measure on Wednesday, Rand says.
After that, it will head to the Republican-led Senate.