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Steve Beshear

Bevin: No special session if lawmakers don't pass a budget

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...