Beshear Warns Bevin Budget Cuts May Not Be Legal

posted by Will Clark -

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Attorney General Andy Beshear warns Governor Bevin's plan to cut state spending may be illegal.

Beshear says the plan to cut $350 million from the state budget, sending $150 million of that to the rainy day fund violates two statues and a Supreme Court ruling.

In order for the governor to cut any money, he would need a final budget estimate from state economists, something Beshear says he won't have until December.

Once he gets the estimate, Bevin can't cut anything more than the estimated deficit and is not allowed to add any of those funds to the rainy day account.

Beshear says he's been asked to cut his office's budget and will comply with the request as long as it is a "legal budget reduction."

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