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Beshear voices budget concerns, encourages precaution ahead of holiday weekend


FILE – In this Feb. 19, 2020 file photo Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks to the press at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Beshear says protesters who hung an effigy of him were trying to use “fear and terror” to force their will on others. The Democratic governor on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 referred to the protesters as a mob. He said he won’t back down as he condemned the rally that spread to where his children play at the Governor’s Mansion. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says the state is looking at one of the most difficult years in budget-balancing due to the pandemic. He says officials are estimating a $1.1 billion shortfall with potential cuts of 16%-29%. However, the governor says a stimulus similar to the CARES Act from the federal government, or approval from the legislature to use some of the current CARES Act funds would help to balance the budget.

Beshear confirmed 282 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths, bringing the state’s totals 15,624 cases and 565 deaths.

The governor also says 404,781 coronavirus tests have been performed in Kentucky, and at least 3,990 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

The governor and Commissioner for the Cabinet of Public Health and Safety, Dr. Steven Stack also encourage Kentuckians to practice precautions over the Fourth of July weekend including social distancing and mask wearing. Beshear also advises people across the state against traveling to hotspot areas such as Myrtle Beach for their safety.

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