Lawmakers start budget work with surpluses, more federal aid

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers are preparing for another issues-packed session that begins Tuesday. The 60-day session will be dominated by work on the next state budget. Lawmakers find themselves in an enviable situation — with large pots of unspent money. Much of the work will revolve around what to do with unprecedented amounts of surplus state money, along with another round of federal pandemic aid. With their supermajorities, Republican lawmakers can push through their spending decisions or other legislation by overriding Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s vetoes. The session’s opening week will be overshadowed by work to redraw congressional and legislative maps.

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