If state lawmakers don't approve a two-year operating budget by Friday, portions of state government will shut down on July 1 because Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says he will not call lawmakers back for a special session.
Bevin's comments raise the stakes for the fragile budget negotiations that resumed Tuesday following a tense weekend. After a weeklong stalemate, budget talks broke down again late Sunday only to be revived hours later after Bevin made a public plea for lawmakers to extend the deadline to Friday.
State law does not allow the legislature to meet after Friday, however, giving them a hard deadline to reach an agreement.
"I will not call a special...