Governor Steve Beshear http://wkms.org en Beshear Vetoes KCTCS Funding Restrictions http://wkms.org/post/beshear-vetoes-kctcs-funding-restrictions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has used a line-item veto on the state’s budget bill in order to secure funding for capital projects at 16 campuses in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:17:00 +0000 John Null 39883 at http://wkms.org Beshear Vetoes KCTCS Funding Restrictions Why Red-State Kentucky Got A Shoutout From Obama http://wkms.org/post/why-red-state-kentucky-got-shoutout-obama Steve Beshear couldn't help but chuckle during the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/28/267858893/live-blog-president-obamas-state-of-union-address">State of the Union speech</a> when President Obama said, "Kentucky's not the most liberal part of the country."<p>Obama was singling out his fellow Democrat for being the rare Southern governor who has fully implemented the Affordable Care Act, expanding Medicaid and running a state health insurance exchange that launched far more smoothly than the federal model.<p>Kentucky, the home of prominent Republican Sens. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:32:58 +0000 editor 38363 at http://wkms.org Why Red-State Kentucky Got A Shoutout From Obama Kentucky Budget Facing $3.6 Billion Spending Gap http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-budget-facing-36-billion-spending-gap <p>As lawmakers kick off the inaugural day of the 2014 General Assembly, the scope of the state's dire budgetary situation is coming into focus: Legislators will have to find a way to come up with $3.6 billion to fully fund budget requests from state agencies. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:34:07 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37865 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Budget Facing $3.6 Billion Spending Gap KY Senate President Stivers Supports Reinvestment in Education http://wkms.org/post/ky-senate-president-stivers-supports-reinvestment-education <p>Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) says he will support reinvestment in public education in the upcoming budget.</p><p>The Republican says he supports Governor Steve Beshear’s commitment to funding education, but only if that funding addresses the needs of the system.</p><p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:27:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37569 at http://wkms.org KY Senate President Stivers Supports Reinvestment in Education Governor Beshear Takes A Bow For Successful Kynect Rollout http://wkms.org/post/governor-beshear-takes-bow-successful-kynect-rollout <p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the state’s implementation of the federal health care law is one of his administration's top accomplishments in 2013.</p><p>Beshear says his decision to implement the state health care exchange and expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act was an effort to address Kentucky’s historically low health rankings.</p><p>"As we do this, and as our people get affordable health coverage, their lives are going to change, the lives of their children are going to change, and over the next generation, we will have here in Kentucky a much healthier population, a much healthier workforce, and therefore a much more productive workforce," says Beshear.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:17:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 37566 at http://wkms.org Governor Beshear Takes A Bow For Successful Kynect Rollout Beshear Says Education Is Top Priority for Session http://wkms.org/post/beshear-says-education-top-priority-session <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he wants to pump more money into education and is willing to make budget cuts elsewhere to free up the money.</p><p>Beshear talked to reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday about his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The governor says education is his top priority and that the state risks losing its progress in education unless it reinvests money in schools.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:09:01 +0000 The Associated Press 37416 at http://wkms.org Beshear Says Education Is Top Priority for Session Kentucky Governor Not Afraid of Going Solo for Health Care http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-governor-not-afraid-going-solo-health-care <p>Kentucky&rsquo;s Democratic governor says implementing the Affordable Care Act is &ldquo;the morally right thing to do.&rdquo; Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:32:19 +0000 Lisa Autry (KPR) 35611 at http://wkms.org Kentucky Governor Not Afraid of Going Solo for Health Care Governor Beshear Tells Opponents Of Affordable Care Act To 'Get Over It' http://wkms.org/post/governor-beshear-tells-opponents-affordable-care-act-get-over-it <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky&rsquo;s Democratic governor is chiding Congressional Republicans for their efforts to </span>defund<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Governor Steve&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beshear spoke in Washington&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;at a health care forum sponsored by the National Journal and the American Medical Association.&nbsp;</span><img height="1" src="file:///C:/DOCUME~1/WKMS~1.SCA/LOCALS~1/Temp/msohtml1/01/clip_image001.gif" style="line-height: 1.5;" width="1" /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beshear said Republicans attempting to stop or delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act are hurting people who need health insurance.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&ldquo;Look, the Affordable Care Act was proposed by the president, approved by Congress, and upheld by the United States Supreme Court,&quot; said Beshear. &quot;It is the law of the land. So, to those more worried about political power than Kentucky&rsquo;s families, I have a simple message for them: Get over it, and get out of the way so I can help my people. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&quot;Back home in Kentucky, we cannot afford to waste another day, or another life.&rdquo;</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:25:28 +0000 Dan Conti (KPR) 35461 at http://wkms.org Governor Beshear Tells Opponents Of Affordable Care Act To 'Get Over It' Governor's Office Reports 137,000 Visitors To Kynect in First Three Days http://wkms.org/post/governors-office-reports-137000-visitors-kynect-first-three-days <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 16-thousand individuals and families in Kentucky have started applications on </span>Kynect<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the state&rsquo;s online health benefit exchange, since it launched&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wkms.org/post/ky-rolls-out-kynect" style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Governor Steve Beshear&rsquo;s office released statistics today detailing the site&#39;s traffic. &nbsp;In under four days, more than 137,000 visitors have clicked on the site.&nbsp; Some 93% of those visitors conducted pre-screenings to determine qualifications for subsidies, discounts or programs like Medicaid. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 18:26:54 +0000 Rob Canning 35457 at http://wkms.org Governor's Office Reports 137,000 Visitors To Kynect in First Three Days Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo Leaning Towards Medical Marijuana Legalization http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-house-speaker-greg-stumbo-leaning-towards-medical-marijuana-legalization <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A leading Kentucky politician is weighing the idea of legalizing medical marijuana in the state.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Speaker Greg </span>Stumbo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said today he's leaning toward supporting the use of medicinal marijuana and that the topic is worth debating.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation to legalize medical marijuana has been introduced in the General Assembly in the past but has never received the support needed to pass.</span></p><p>Stumbo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> raised the issue after Attorney General Jack Conway sent an advisory letter to Governor Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and other state leaders to clarify current law related to marijuana’s cousin, hemp.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:42:15 +0000 Rob Canning & The Associated Press 35186 at http://wkms.org Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo Leaning Towards Medical Marijuana Legalization