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Published on Apr 1, 2014
Last week's state budget negotiations were contentious and punctuated with high-decibel schisms, but Kentucky lawmakers did pass a spending plan on time. A deal on the $20 billion, two-year budget finally came in the early morning hours of the fifth day of talks. A $65 million bond request for Rupp Arena renovations sparked sporadic arguments during the meetings. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray predicted a dire outcome for the makeover project if it failed to garner state support. He spoke on March 29, 2014.