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EARLIER: Beshear proposes cigarette tax

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School cuts -- 2% -- not as bad as feared

By Nathan L. McBroom

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's plan to fix the $456.1 million hole in the state's budget includes raising taxes on tobacco, imposing a 3-day furlough on state workers and cutting 2 percent out of state education funds.

Beshear announced his proposal at a press conference on Thursday, and the plan could be adopted at the legislative session in January.

The cut in the budget for schools is significant, but it's about half of what each district had been told to expect.


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