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The revenue package that will help support the budget shaped by Kentucky House leaders has cleared the chamber’s Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

The package, which would raise an estimated $321 million over the biennium, passed 17-11. The bulk of the money will come from the business community, but budget chairman Rick Rand of Bedford makes no apologies.

“The last place we went was business. And I’m a little bit disappointed that they haven’t come to us with any solutions. We met with the Chamber and other interest groups today and I asked them, If you don’t like this, bring us a solution.”

How the money will be appropriated will be in the budget bill, which is still being drafted. Committee action and a House floor vote on the budget is expected next week.

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