FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A spokeswoman for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says Attorney General Andy Beshear’s criticism of the governor’s plan to cut spending is fiscally irresponsible and nonsensical.
Beshear said Tuesday Bevin’s plan is illegal because it would cut state spending by $350 million while the state faces a potential shortfall of $200 million. Beshear cited state law that says spending cuts cannot be more than a projected shortfall.
Bevin spokeswoman Amanda Stamper said the governor has authority to direct spending reductions for agencies in the executive branch that he controls. She also said Kentucky families and businesses understand they should not spend more than they make and not having money set aside for emergencies is dangerous.