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Kentucky lawmakers making progress on budget negotiations

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Senate President, Robert Stivers says Kentucky lawmakers are making progress on reaching a deal on a budget.

Stivers released a statement Wednesday, saying, "We had a productive day of discussions and we are still trying our best to reach a resolution on the state budget. I applaud all the efforts of the conferees and staff, and we will reconvene the conference committee at 9 a.m. Thursday."

Negotiations continue at the Capitol over how to spend more than $65 billion in public money over the next two years.

The big issue between House Democrats and Senate Republicans is how much to spend on public pensions versus how much to cut from state agencies.

Democrats are trying to spare the state's public universities from cuts, but Governor Matt Bevin said Wednesday the issue is non-negotiable.

"The universities in this state are going to have cuts. That is a fact. That in not negotiable. They will participate... But the reality is there will be participation on the part of everyone in the commonwealth," Bevin said.

House Speaker, Greg Stumbo released a statement Wednesday, saying, "We have been working all day with Senate leadership, trying to iron out our differences. We appreciate their work and the work of the staff."

House and Senate leaders are trying to come to an agreement before the chambers reconvenes Friday for the last two days of the session.

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