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AG Beshear Says Bevin's Plan To Cut State Budget Is Illegal

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) - Kentucky Attorney General is challenging the legality of some of Governor Matt Bevin's budget cuts.

Bevin has called on several agencies to reduce their budgets by more than 17 percent because of a projected $200 million shortfall.

Beshear says that it's far too early to make the cuts before the official revenue forecast in December. He has stated that he will have no choice but to file suit if the governor does not comply.

Bevin's office released a statement, "“Kentucky families and businesses know they should not spend more than they make and having zero dollars in the bank to plan for emergencies is dangerous. Director Chilton’s letter merely asked state agencies to draft a similar spending plan before any final decisions are made later in the year. Kentucky law clearly allows the Governor to ask any agency to reduce its spending, and the Kentucky Supreme Court said just last year that the Governor can direct spending reductions for agencies under his control. Thus, AG Beshear’s grandstanding is not only fiscally irresponsible and nonsensical, but it is also contrary to the law. AG Beshear’s latest threat to file yet another lawsuit against the Governor is premature and entirely political.”

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