Kentucky lawmakers pass bill to fund full-day kindergarten

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have passed a last-minute spending plan to pump money into full-day kindergarten and pay off unemployment insurance debts. The action came as big-ticket budget items surfaced Tuesday on the final day of the legislative session. One proposal winning final passage includes $140 million in state funds for full-day kindergarten. It also includes $575 million in federal pandemic aid to repay a federal loan that kept the state’s unemployment insurance program afloat. Another spending plan winning final passage would allocate $250 million for water and wastewater projects. Another bill allocates $127 million for school construction and renovations.