FRANKFORT — A day after the 2010 General Assembly ended without approving a budget, Senate President David Williams said he is optimistic that lawmakers can reach an agreement in a special session next month if certain parameters are met.
He said the Senate will require a two-year budget that does not increase business taxes, use much one-time money or contain a huge increase in state debt.
Williams, R-Burkesville, also said he would like to see Gov. Steve Beshear include on the call for a special session creation of charter schools to improve Kentucky’s chances of obtaining more federal funds. Charter schools are granted special permits, or charters, that allow them to operate outside usual state regulations.
Williams also said he thinks a measure dealing with the state’s bankrupt unemployment insurance program can wait until next year’s legislative session.
Williams’ comments came during a news conference Friday afternoon in his Capitol annex office.
Beshear said Thursday night after the legislature failed to produce a budget that he would call lawmakers back into a special session next month.