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:
—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.
—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.
—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.
—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.
—Providing first salary increase for state employees in four years.
—Funding to support 2 percent increase in employer health insurance premiums each year.