BRADENTON, Fla. — Facing a budget shortfall of $1.5 billion over the next two years, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear told lawmakers late Wednesday that efforts so far to restructure debt and cut expenses won’t be enough for the state to avoid more “painful decisions about where we spend money.”

A day after the opening of Kentucky’s 2010 legislative session, Beshear gave a joint session of lawmakers few specifics about his plan for dealing with the deficit. He did speak about modest expansion of some programs.

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