Beshear: No budget means Ky. services will stop

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says vital state services will close unless lawmakers enact a budget by July 1.

Beshear instructed Cabinet secretaries on Wednesday to begin planning for a partial shutdown in case legislators don't meet the deadline.

Beshear says he is working with legislative leadership to see if an agreement on a budget can be reached, "but we must know the implications of what we are facing if a budget is not enacted."

A 2005 Kentucky Supreme Court decision says the only expenditures allowable are those mandated by the Kentucky Constitution, the federal government or state statute. Beshear says that could mean all Kentucky state parks, tourism programs, the Cabinet for Economic Development and Office of the Medical Examiner would be shut down, and state-provided mine safety inspections and mine rescue teams would end.

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