Budget talks may keep Beshear from Clash of the Commonwealth

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 25 at 7:03 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said budget negotiations will likely prevent him from attending the Sweet 16 match-up between the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky on Friday night.

Yet, if he does attend, Beshear said he would wear neither red or blue, but purple - a blend of both school's colors.

Beshear, a University of Kentucky graduate, declined to make a prediction on the NCAA contest.

"I'm confident a Kentucky team will win," Beshear said. 

"The thing that excites me as much as anything is that Kentucky is once again at the epicenter of men's college basketball," Beshear said.  "Here a Kentucky team has won it two years in a row and I think the team that wins Friday night will have a heck of a shot at winning the whole thing."

"To have a three-peat of Kentucky teams will be historic," Beshear continued.  "And I'm glad to be the governor who will be serving during that time."

With only about one week remaining in the 2014 legislative session, Beshear said he needs to be available to negotiators.

"Whether that's during the day or at night, whether that's on the weekends to make this turn out," Beshear said.

Senate President Robert Stivers (R) Manchester predicted Beshear would stay home.

"Anybody in the legislative process that's interested in participating in the conference committee negotiations, better cancel their set of tickets in Indianapolis," Stivers said.

"I'll know a little later in the week whether I'll be able to break loose to go," Beshear said.

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