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Statement from Governor Ernie Fletcher Regarding the Public Services Continuation Plan
Press Release Date:  June 30, 2004

Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche
Jason Keller


Frankfort, KY: Today, Franklin County Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden ruled that while the lawsuit is still pending, the Governor can continue to provide government services pursuant to the Public Services Continuation Plan. The judge’s determination today means the distribution of public services will not be interrupted. Also as part of the ruling, the judge stated that the Governor’s plan can not undertake new capital projects that were not previously authorized by the General Assembly.

Governor Fletcher stated, “I am very pleased that the services Kentuckians need and deserve will be continued by means of my Public Services Continuation Plan. Judge Crittenden has recognized this need, and I am also pleased with the position that Attorney General Stumbo articulated in court where he commended our work on the Public Services Continuation Plan and stated that, in his opinion, the plan complied with the Kentucky Constitution. My legal and budget advisors have endeavored for weeks to craft a plan that comported with the laws of the Commonwealth. Their work, along with the Attorney General’s Petition for Declaration of Rights, contributed to our endeavors to ensure that the Public Services Continuation Plan complied with the law, therefore avoiding any government shutdown.”

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Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005