Once again, the Kentucky General Assembly failed in its constitutional duty of passing a balanced budget within the allotted 60-day legislative session.
In other words, lawmakers failed to do their job — especially the House leadership which held the budget process hostage in an attempt to increase the state’s bonded indebtedness by $1.2 billion. Kudos to the state Senate for refusing to go along with such a plan considering we’re in a lingering recession with high unemployment rates (10.7 percent at latest count).
It was almost comical watching Gov. Steve Beshear talk about how he is “disgusted” that the Legislature didn’t do its job.
What about Beshear’s failure to propose a balanced budget in good faith by including $780 million in gambling revenue when there was no possibility that the legislature was going to expand gambling or that the revenue would be immediately available for politicians to do what they enjoy the most — spending someone else’s (you taxpayers’) hard-earned money?
Voters should be “disgusted” about the governor’s shenanigans, too.