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Ominous start to 2008

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By Richard RoBards

As Ross Perot would say (paraphrased): "That giant sucking sound you hear is the $300 million shortfall in Kentucky's finances."

The sabers are being rattled early, I presume to put legislators on notice prior to the Jan. 8 General Assembly. Sabers make a distinctive clanking noise and are about as irritating as the sound of money being sucked out of the state budget.

If form holds true, the next six months will be lean ones - with potential spending cuts and a hiring freeze.


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