New state budget passes
After a lot of back-and-forth between Democrats and Republicans, the state has a new $19.2 billion budget that differs very little from the one originally proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear.
The budget compromise passed the Senate 36-1 and the House 81-7 on Friday. As usual, Floyd County was listed in quite a few budget line-items, mostly due to coal severance tax funding for several projects.
One project not funded by coal dollars, however, will be an update to planetarium equipment at the East Kentucky Science Center. The portion of the budget funding the Kentucky Community and Technical College System contains $205,000 to replace equipment at the center during the upcoming fiscal year. Coal severance projects for Floyd County are listed across 61 line-items, ranging from as little as $5,000 to as much as $500,000. That top amount includes core drill, design, engineering, construction, furnishing and equipment for the Stonecrest clubhouse.