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Burgoo: Something to stew over

"This is a defining moment for the General Assembly," Speaker Greg Stumbo said after House leaders tossed Gov. Steve Beshear's budget proposal and declared that lawmakers were more than capable of crafting a spending plan on their own. A month after the 2010 General Assembly ended without an enacted budget, legislators still haven't demonstrated a whole lot of "do it yourself" skills in drawing up an acceptable budget. And House leaders now are asking for help. At the end of April, Stumbo suggested that Beshear should give lawmakers a "working budget document utilizing existing state revenue." And over the weekend, The Courier-Journal quoted House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Rick Rand as saying, "We were in hopes the governor would present some sort of plan." Some "defining moment." But not one to be proud of.

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