FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear's administration is warning state agencies that they should brace for substantial spending reductions in the next budget cycle.
Beshear spokeswoman Kerri Richardson said Wednesday those reductions could be in the range of 7 to 9 percent below the current spending levels.
Budget cuts have been common over the past four years in Kentucky because of the lingering economic recession. Richardson said some state agencies have reduced spending by 25 to 30 percent over that period.
Richardson said in a statement that Kentucky is preparing for a difficult two-year budget cycle that will require tough choices. She said Beshear's administration is working to prepare for those choices.