Politics & Government

Beshear says sixth furlough day a certainty

FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear said Saturday his administration will implement the sixth planned furlough day for most executive branch employees even though the state budget is expected to end the fiscal year June 30 with a surplus of almost $70 million.

"We will have the sixth furlough day this year," Beshear told reporters Saturday at the Governor's Derby Breakfast in downtown Frankfort.

He said he will look at the state's revenue picture for the next fiscal year, that begins July 1.

"If we get to the point where we feel comfortable about it, the furloughs would be one of the first things we would look at," he said.

Beshear has said that the six furlough days this fiscal year, which the legislature authorized, will cut about $24 million from the budget.

He has said the budget next year still is expected to be tough.