Tilley Westerfield Dossett Humphries
Reaction from local lawmakers to Governor Steve Beshear's Tuesday evening budget address has been mostly positive, with a few questions lingering.
State Senator Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville says he was happy to see Governor Beshear willing to make additional cuts to state government, but has hesitations about his proposal to increase the debt load.
Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville appreciated the Governor's focus on funding K through 12 education, but says the cuts will be painful to the agencies that weren't spared.
Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke says he was glad to hear Governor Beshear reinstate funding for child care assistance to families attempting to rejoin the work force who cannot afford daycare.
Senator Stan Humphries of Trigg County joined the entire local delegation in appreciating funding for the Breathitt Veterinary Center, the Allied Health Building at Hopkinsville Community College and the bridges over the lakes, but says the real job is keeping those items in the spending plan.
Humphries says he expects the budget to be in the House for about six weeks before it gets to the Senate.