BRADENTON, Fla. - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is implementing actions to deal with a nearly $300 million shortfall in the general fund budget and a $71 million shortfall in the state's transportation fund. Beshear also has joined several other governors seeking federal assistance for the country's troubled auto makers.

Beshear has asked the state's Consensus Forecasting Group to formalize revenue projections for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, and then plans to address the shortfall with measures that will include spending cuts, he said late last week.

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