Lawmakers face more spending decisions as budget bill passes


FILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear addresses the media at a news conference at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. A Kentucky legislative panel has recommended that no further action be taken on impeachment petitions filed by citizens against Beshear and Attorney General Daniel Cameron. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have passed a new state budget. But a Senate leader said Monday it’s only the start as they decide how to spend pandemic-related federal money headed to the state.

The bill that cleared the legislature mostly holds the line on spending. It sets significant money aside in a “rainy day” fund as they decide how to use the federal money.

Gov. Andy Beshear says he’s disappointed the budget stripped his spending priorities. He’s hoping to reach an agreement with lawmakers on how to spend the federal aid before the legislative session ends in late March.

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