ATLANTA - Kentucky lawmakers have spent the last week trying to hash out the differences between the House and Senate budgets for the 2008-2010 biennium, and it remains to be seen whether the bickering will lead to a spending plan acceptable to all.

Caught in the debate over how the state should spend its dollars are several pieces of legislation dealing with bond issues. The first is a $500 million bond package for road projects. Officials say that if the debt is approved as part of the budget, the bonds could be issued over the next two years.

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