After observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, the Legislature went back to work.
Tuesday was a significant day as Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine became the first female legislator to preside over the joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly, during which Gov. Steve Beshear presented his proposed budget.
During the address, Beshear presented a multi-faceted budget proposal of $20.3 billion for the next two fiscal years. The plan calls for 5 percent cuts to most state agencies, proposes a gas tax increase and borrows $1.9 billion in new debt.