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Finger pointing continues despite special session accomplishments

by WHAS editors


Posted on April 19, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 19 at 4:32 PM

FRANFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Both Democrats and Republicans are calling for major changes in Frankfort after the personal battle between Governor Steve Beshear and Senate president David Williams derailed the 2012 general assembly.

The special session may be drawing to an end, but the finger-pointing continues.

The state transportation budget and road plan have been in legislative limbo as the governor and senate president wrestled for control over the state's road projects. Williams refused to pass the transportation budget until the governor approved the road plan put together by legislators. When the governor refused to do that, the stalemate triggered the special session - a cost to taxpayers of $60,000 per day.

Beshear finally approved the road plan Wednesday, and along with it he vetoed $50 million in projects in and around Williams’s Senate District.

Thursday, a Senate Committee amended the road funding bill to restore the projects Beshear vetoed, but if the House rejects that move, Republican leaders say they'll drop it.

Despite the governor vetoing projects in Williams’s district, Williams says he's done fighting this battle.

The Senate is expected to approve the $4.5 billion transportation budget Friday.

Williams also says in the future the Kentucky house needs to deliver the road plan sooner to avoid political games at the end of a legislative session.

Beshear did not make himself available for comment, Thursday.