Gov. Steve Beshear will address the General Assembly at 7 p.m. EST Tuesday with a message that is likely to detail state spending cuts of 7 to 9 percent for the next two-year state budget. Agencies that escaped earlier rounds of cuts are unlikely to receive such exemptions this time around.
Education, which escaped the earlier cuts, is likely to face significant cuts, some key legislators said. Corrections and health care are other areas likely to face cuts in the future.
The governor appointed a commission to review Kentucky's tax code but it won't make recommend changes in time to help fix the current situation.