Nearly 8,700 Kentuckians could stop receiving jobless benefits
Gov. Steve Beshear is warning that nearly 8,700 Kentuckians will stop receiving jobless benefits unless Congress resolves an impasse that is holding up federal funding to financially strapped states.
State lawmakers had counted on additional federal funds to help pay for the rising cost of jobless aid and the Medicaid program when they crafted a two-year budget earlier this year.
The funding was blocked last week by a Senate Republican filibuster, leaving Kentucky facing a $238 million budget gap.
Beshear said he will continue to lobby Kentucky's federal delegation in hopes of getting a six-month extension of the funding.
The Democratic governor said Congress needs to understand the "critical need" Kentucky has for the additional federal funding.