This week in Kentucky politics, lawmakers started the final negotiations over the state budget.

At stake are big issues: How to fix the state’s ailing pension systems, whether to start funding state universities based on “performance metrics” and how much money to leave aside for the future.

And at the very end of the week, in a Friday afternoon news conference, we learned the former secretary of the Personnel Cabinet — and until this week, state deputy attorney general — has been charged with taking bribes to sway state business to a consulting firm.

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Kentucky Politics Distilled is our weekly rundown of the big news — and sometimes the odd news — happening in the state Capitol.

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Ryland Barton is the Capitol bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio.