The Kentucky House last week passed a $17.5 billion general fund budget for fiscal 2011 and 2012 that would plug a projected $1 billion shortfall.

The House voted 65 to 33 for the bill, which authorizes more than $2 billion in bonds for school construction, roads, water, and sewer infrastructure. It also trims state agency and higher education spending, and relies on revenue enhancements as well as $250 million in anticipated federal stimulus dollars for Medicaid.

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