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House Bill 1, budget bill, passes the Senate

House Bill 1 increases education spending and adds pay raises for state employees. He must pass through the Chamber before heading to Beshear.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky lawmakers began wrapping up work on the next biennial state budgetwhich increases spending on education and offers large salary increases to state employees.

the spending plan won passage to the Senate with bipartisan support. The measure returned to the House for a vote that would send it to Governor Andy Beshear.

“It’s a great budget that makes the necessary investments in the Commonwealth,” said GOP Sen. Phillip Wheeler. “He’s not just investing in the ‘Golden Triangle’, he’s making a lot of investments in rural areas.”

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The measure injects money into renovating state parks and state fairgrounds. It provides public pension systems with additional liquidity to help repay unfunded liabilities. Lawmakers funded full-day kindergarten, reflecting a demand from school districts.

State employees would receive a salary increase of at least 8% in the first year of the biennium. State police troopers and social workers are among those awaiting even larger increases.

The bill sets aside enough money for a 12% salary increase in the second year. Specific increases for state workers would be based on a Personnel Cabinet study taking into account cost of living, duties and other variables.

Despite the investments, Sen. Morgan McGarvey called the final budget a “missed opportunity” to do more, pointing to huge state revenue surpluses.

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