UPDATE: Kentucky lawmakers pass state budget, which now heads to Gov. Matt Bevin's desk
Around 9:45 p.m., the House passed the budget bill, 98-1. It now goes to Gov. Matt Bevin's desk.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- On the last day of the 2016 General Assembly in Kentucky, the $21 billion budget bill was passed by the Senate in Frankfort.
Just before 5 p.m., the Senate passed the bill, 38-0. It now moves on to the House, which broke for recess and returned just before 9:30 p.m.
And around 9:45 p.m., the House passed the budget bill, 98-1. It now goes to Gov. Matt Bevin's desk.
The only "no" vote out of 137 came from Jefferson County representative Jim Wayne.
Earlier in the day, lawmakers were convened in the Capitol, and the main priority was passing this budget. Only a day-and-a-half earlier, House and Senate leaders came to a budget agreement that includes a 4.5 percent cut to state universities as well as cuts of anywhere from 4.5 percent to 9 percent for other state agencies, with the savings going toward plugging the $30 billion pension hole.
There are no cuts to K through 12 educational programs. The budget does include a scholarship fund for qualified community college students and raises for state police.
Senate Budget Chairman Chris McDaniel says he is happy with the proposed budget.
"I think it's a really good document, it reflects the priorities of the respective chambers," McDaniel said. "In any budget you're not going to get everything you want necessarily, but the biggest thing facing the commonwealth is the unfunded pension liability. Above the regular contribution, we've put about another $1.285 billion into that, which will make a huge dent in it."
Gov. Matt Bevin does have the authority to veto any portion of the budget, and lawmakers will not be able to override that veto.
Lawmakers were forced to wrap up by midnight Friday, which marks the end of the legislative session.
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