Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Bevin: Democrats hurt budget process by not negotiating

(AP) — Tensions between Republicans and Democrats over Kentucky's more than $65 billion spending plan escalated overnight, with the Republican governor calling a news conference to blame House leaders for refusing to negotiate.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said he and Republican legislative leaders were willing to compromise to pass a budget before the legislature adjourns for the year. But he said Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo was not being truthful and told reporters not to be played by Stumbo's bluffs.

Stumbo told reporters Bevin should spend less time making silly Facebook videos and pick up the phone and call him. Bevin posted a video late Monday night calling on the legislature to pass a budget.

House and Senate leaders are meeting again Tuesday to negotiate.