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From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

The Kentucky House and Senate have approved different versions of bills designed to close a $1 billion gap in the state budget.

The House bill includes $1.3 billion in bonded school projects backed by slots. The Senate bill does not.

Former House budget chairman Harry Moberly says the situation makes House/Senate negotiations on the budget inevitable.

“Very often the Senate and the House will come up with different revenue because sometimes the House may pass a revenue measure of some kind, or estimate revenue from other sources that the Senate has not yet estimated. That happens every time we do a budget.” Moberly said.

The House and Senate also need to resolve their differences on bills addressing a funding mechanism for major bridge projects and economic incentives. House Speaker Greg Stumbo predicts the special session could end Tuesday or Wednesday.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."