Proposals in Ky. governor's budget plan

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Associated Press

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear presented his state budget plan on Tuesday for the two-year period beginning July 1. Here are some of the highlights:

Education:

—Increasing the main classroom funding formula for K-12 education by $189 million.

—Restoring Flexible Focus Grants by $47.7 million each year. Grants are used to fund textbooks professional development, extended school services, safe school projects.

—Expanding pre-school, at $18 million each year.

—Providing $60 million in bonds for "Bucks for Brains," meant to lure top-notch faculty to universities.

—Fully funding projected need for KEES merit-based scholarships.

Economic Development:

—Providing $24 million for Bluegrass Advanced Manufacturing Facility at Georgetown.

—Pushing for statewide high-speed Internet access with $100 million project, backed by bonds and federal and private funds.

Social Services:

—Restoring funding for child care assistance program, affecting 18,000 additional children.

—Providing an additional $500,000 over the biennium to support domestic violence shelters.

—Providing an additional $500,000 over the biennium to support sexual abuse shelters.

—Expanding Meals on Wheels to serve an additional 3,500 people.

Health Care:

—Providing an additional $500,000 per year to increase colon cancer screenings.

—Providing $1 million in the second year of the biennium to increase breast and cervical cancer screenings.

—Funding additional dental hygiene sites in local health departments.

State employees:

—Providing first salary increase for state employees in four years.

—Funding to support 2 percent increase in employer health insurance premiums each year.

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