Politics

For the second time in ten months, Kentucky lawmakers are returning to Frankfort for a special session.

After lawmakers failed to balance the Medicaid budget in this year’s 30-day regular session, Governor Beshear ordered them back for a special session. The House favors the governor’s plan to shift second-year Medicaid funding forward. The Senate prefers budget cuts. Beshear hopes for middle ground.

“While I believe strongly that my proposal is the best common-sense solution, I remain open to other suggestions,” he says.

Last year, the General Assembly failed to pass a budget in the 60-day regular session and needed a six-day special session to finish their work. Special sessions cost taxpayers around $64,000 a day.