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Bevin administration says Kentucky faces $1.1 billion budget shortfall over next two years

Gov.-elect Andy Beshear could inherit an estimated $1.1 billion budget shortfall over the next two fiscal years, according to a memo from Gov. Matt Bevin’s budget director. The Monday memo from John Chilton comes as Beshear, a Democrat, faces a tight deadline for drafting his proposed two-year budget to present to the General Assembly, which is controlled by Republicans. Beshear must submit his proposal by late January for a budget that runs from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022. It’s likely to spark a contentious legislative session in 2020 as lawmakers take up the spending plan with little new revenue, rising costs and a host of competing demands for funding, including public pensions, state employee pay, Medicaid, education, social services and a thus-far unfunded school safety bill adopted in 2019.