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Budget tops issues awaiting Ky. lawmakers

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By BRUCE SCHREINER

Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky.(AP) - Kentucky lawmakers are setto open a legislative session dominated by work on a new state budget.

The House and Senate gavel in at noonEST Tuesday, starting a session stretching to mid-April.

Perennial issues to legalize casinos and reshape the tax code are expectedto surface.

Education funding will be a key issue in writing the next two-year statebudget.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says one of his priorities is raising the state'sminimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour over three years.

Senate President Robert Stivers says one of his top goals is to put aconstitutional amendment on the ballot to restrict the governor's power toissue administrative regulations.

The session's first day will be capped by Gov. Steve Beshear's annual Stateof the Commonwealth speech.

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