FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Attorney General Andy Beshear believes Governor Bevin's recent proposed budget reduction action could have some serious legal problems.
According to Beshear, there are only two ways a budget reduction can be taken - if there is an actual shortfall or if there is a projected shortfall.
"If the $200 million shortfall is not final, budget reductions cannot start," Beshear said on Tuesday. "We do not have an official shortfall, as required under Kentucky law. If it is finalized, $200 Million is the maximum reduction that is allowed. Regardless, we know that the rainy day fund cannot be included in a plan that relies on budget reductions."
Beshear said with Kentucky State law, to qualify as a projected revenue estimate, there must be an official revenue estimate from the Consensus Forecasting Group.
As of right now, the group's prediction is not set to be finalized until sometime in December.
Governor Matt Bevin released the following statement following Beshear's press conference: